Hello Owls’ families!
October has been a busy month for our young learners. We embarked on an amazing journey into the world of agriculture, and learned all about the crucial role of nature’s busiest creature, bees! Did you know that without these little insects, our world would be a very different place? As we studied, we made sure to express our gratitude by saying, “Thank you, bees!” Our exploration didn’t stop there; we learned all about the diverse types of farms, understanding the different role that each one plays in providing food and other materials for everything we see around us. We want to give a special shout-out to Elliott and Mara’s mom, as well as Elena’s dad, for making our Planting Day a memorable one. The joy of watching you engage with the children was truly heartwarming. Our garden is well on its way already!
Our Inquisitive Owls were particularly fascinated by our egg experiment, where they discovered the magic of osmosis and the wonders of vinegar. Ask them about the adventures of the “Naked Egg” in corn syrup and colored water. I’m sure your child will have quite the story to tell! Another favorite last month was the vibrant and creative activity of melting crayons on pumpkins, where our little artists enjoyed the beauty of cascading colors. As always, we had our favorite books. Last month’s hits were, “Right This Very Minute,” “The Giving Tree,” and “Stone Soup.”
Music and movement are always a part of our day, and the GoNoodle app has been our go-to for getting our wiggles out. From the catchy “Purple Stew” to the rhythmic beats of “Ravioli,” each song added fun and laughter to our day. The app is a treasure trove of fun, educational tunes, and we highly recommend it for some active family time at home. A standout moment this month was our bread molding experiment – a vivid (and slightly yucky) reminder of why washing hands is paramount. Our learning webs, adorned with the children’s inputs, are on display in the classroom, offering a glimpse into their growing understanding of the different topics we learn about in the classroom. Do take a moment to check them out during drop-offs or pick-ups.
Lastly, a quick reminder about our upcoming field trip: ensure timely arrival, sport your CHP shirts, and wear comfy shoes. While packing lunch is an option, there’s also food you can buy on-site. We eagerly await this exciting day out with our little Owls. Thank you for your continued support and participation in our learning journey!
Ms. Wynter and Ms. Rosette
October was a month filled with some shockingly exciting times for our little Lizards. We dove deep into the wonders of autumn, exploring the fascinating world of leaves, apples, pumpkins, and the joyous festivities of Halloween. A special memory was when we explored the heart of a pumpkin, feeling its fleshy insides, counting its seeds, and finding out just what a pumpkin smells like. Thanks to your generous contributions, our pumpkin patch was a fun addition to the playground and each one has now been uniquely decorated by our little artists.
The sensory bin was a huge hit this month, filled with autumn themed materials that were a fun seasonal addition to the classroom. The push-pin pumpkin and apple activities, coupled with our apple, pumpkin, and Halloween art projects, were among the fun activities we did last month. Of course, it can’t be October without some hauntingly fun books. “Halloween Hunt” and “Ten Timid Ghosts” were two of the favorites from our certifiably spooky collection. The interactive nature of “Halloween Hunt” and the counting adventures in “Ten Timid Ghosts” meant storytime was fun and engaging for all.
Our musical journey was one of the real thrillers this past month. “Five Little Pumpkins sitting on a gate” and “Tiny Turtle” were among the favorites to get us moving. Any new or Halloween songs really added to the festive spirit to our daily routines.
One of the biggest events this month was Ms. Elizabeth’s visit from the Phoenix Public Library. She brought with her a world of new songs, introduced us to the hilariously spooky “CREEPY PAIR OF UNDERWEAR!”, and acquainted us with her friends COCO and Lamb Chop. The kids were enchanted to receive their very own library cards.
Last month, we also celebrated Dean’s birthday with popsicles and cherished memories of years gone by, all three of them! We were thrilled to welcome a new friend to our Lizard community, We are so excited to have Juliet join us.
A gentle reminder to all parents: please ensure that your child’s cubby is stocked with weather appropriate extra clothing to be prepared for any little accidents. Let’s keep our Lizards comfortable and ready for fun!
Ms. Jacquie and Ms. Radhika
Hello Cottontail families!
October has been an enlightening month for our Cottontails, with each day offering a new opportunity for discovery and growth. A significant milestone we’re incredibly proud of is the tremendous progress the children have made in active listening. Our little ones are working diligently on using their “good listening ears” throughout the day. Another cheering news? Eight of our Cottontail friends have mastered the art of using the potty! We are so excited to witness these significant steps towards independence.
We ventured into a world of sensory experiences by exploring the theme of ‘Our Five Senses’. From the soft touch of a feather to the tangy taste of a lemon, the children delighted in understanding how our senses help us interact with the world. This was followed by an engaging dive into ‘Shapes and Colors’.
The vibrant world of dramatic play was a favorite, where our little explorers took on roles of jungle animals, dressing up, matching animal prints, and mimicking their unique sounds. The joy of sorting and matching by shape and color was evident in their excited chatter and bright eyes.
Reading time had its own set of stars. “Pete The Cat and His White Shoes” with its catchy rhythm and “Maisy Goes To Preschool” with its relatable storyline captured the imagination of our Curious Cottontails. Sing-along sessions were all the more fun with tunes like “The Color Songs” and the playful “Funny Fish” that had everyone moving and grooving.
Each week introduced a new letter, and our Cottontails eagerly named items starting with that particular letter. Their artistic flair shone bright when handed watercolors and brushes, with each stroke on the paper reflecting their unique interpretations. A proud moment for all of us was watching them walk in a line without the aid of a rope and learning to stand in line as they mastered the art of washing and drying their hands correctly.
A quick reminder to all our wonderful parents: Please make it a daily habit to check your children’s folders. They contain daily reports and crucial information tailored for your child. Your continued support and partnership make all our endeavors a success!
Ms. Brandi and Miss Melany
Hello Foxes’ families!
October has been an enriching month of growth, exploration, and playful learning for our Foxes. One of the most delightful achievements we’ve observed is the increased enthusiasm in their finger play songs. “Wheels on the Bus” has taken a special place in their hearts and has quickly become a class favorite. Our little ones’ language development has been nothing short of spectacular! The simultaneous signing and saying of words, especially when requesting an encore of their favorite tunes, has been a joy to witness.
Our thematic journey this month led us to the captivating world of leaves and pumpkins. Their fascination was evident as they engaged with real pumpkins in the playground, exploring their texture, shape, and size. The playful rhythm of “Sleeping Bunnies” has been a recurring favorite, with our Foxes adorably pretending to snooze, eagerly awaiting the song’s ‘alarm’. Their love for art has blossomed even more this month, as they’ve been absorbed in painting sessions, marveling at the magic of color mixing.
Storytime had its own set of enchanting tales. “The Little Pumpkin” introduced our little learners to the lifecycle of a pumpkin, while “The Five Black Cats” added a touch of spookiness to our Halloween-themed reading sessions. As always, our musical interludes included the classic “ABC’s Song” and the seasonal favorite, “The Five Little Pumpkins”.
One of our real joys this month has been watching the children recognize and learn each other’s names. It’s endearing to see them point to their friends or attempt to pronounce their names. Their playful antics, like covering their faces and laughing when discovered, have been a consistent source of joy and laughter in our class.
A gentle reminder to our wonderful parents: As the chill of autumn sets in, jackets will become essential. If your child comes in with a jacket, kindly ensure it’s labeled with their first and last name. Additionally, please update your child’s set of extra clothes and label them accordingly.
Wishing you a splendid November ahead!
Ms. Kayleen and Ms. Brittney
- Please make sure children come in layers and also have layers of clothing in their cubby. Labeling is also important. The mornings are cool but the afternoons are warm!
- Thursday, November 9th: PreK Field Trip
- Friday, November 10th: No School for Veteran’s Day
- Nov 14-16th: Preschool Parent Teacher Conferences
- Nov 17th: Horses Field Trip – At the dog park
- Nov 23rd-24th: Thanksgiving Break, No School
- Nov 27th: Winter Decorating – Volunteers Needed
- Saturday, December 2nd: Our Annual Holiday Potluck!