Happy October! As we embark on another month of exploration and learning at CHP, we wanted to share some of the memorable moments and exciting discoveries we had last month in the Owls’ class.
As we slowly emerged from the summer doldrums our studies in the Owls’ class focused on hygiene and the intriguing world of agriculture. The children began to discover the wonders of farming and the journey food takes from the table to the farm and back again.
Among the activities that captured their interest, our bread experiment stood out. We tried to get the bread to mold, but in an exciting twist, the bread didn’t mold as expected. This sparked a lot of curiosity and discussions about the science behind what was happening. “Pass the Pumpkin” became a concentration game favorite, enhancing the children’s cognitive skills while having fun at the same time.
This month, we had two funny new friends join our class, Larry and Petunia, our Second Step puppets. This was a heartwarming experience for the children. These friends helped us explore essential social and emotional skills, and made these lessons enjoyable.
In the realm of literature, “Right This Very Minute,” a Table to Farm to Table story, engaged the children’s imagination. “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein touched their hearts as they explored themes of selflessness and kindness. Our sing-alongs added a musical touch to our days. “Once an Austrian Went Yodeling” and the timeless “Peanut Butter and Jelly” had the children singing with joy.
A highlight that the kids really enjoyed was learning various concepts while watching clips of “The Magic School Bus.” It’s been a fun and educational journey alongside Ms. Frizzle and her curious class. Additionally, we began studying the food web. It was heartwarming to see how excited the children were to share their knowledge about each food group. These interactive lessons help build a foundation of understanding about nutrition and healthy eating.
Looking forward, we’re thrilled to announce our first field trip to Tolmachoff Farms on November 9th. It promises to be an exciting adventure that will enhance our study of agriculture and provide hands-on learning experiences.
Thank you for entrusting us with your children’s growth and development. We’re eagerly looking forward to another month filled with exploration, discovery, and shared moments.
Ms. Wynter and Ms. Rosette
Greetings from the Lizards class! As we ease out of September, and take a moment to remember why we actually live here, we’re excited to share the wonderful experiences and memorable moments from last month.
September was a month filled with celebrations, as we marked Asher’s, Sebastian’s, and Liv’s birthdays. Our special tradition of “walking around the Sun” allowed us to look back at heartwarming pictures of your children at different ages. We sincerely appreciate the parents who contributed pictures, popsicles, and bubbles to make these moments extra special.
Our theme last month revolved around “Community Helpers,” sparking the children’s curiosity about the various roles that people play in our community. The children’s favorite activities included dressing up as firefighters, chefs, and police officers, bringing their imagination to life. They had a blast playing with fire trucks and exploring the world of community heroes. Playdough became a creative canvas for making shapes and unleashing their artistic flair.
Our favorite books included, “Whose Hands Are These?” and “Peppa Pig and Career Day” captivated their interest. The children loved guessing the different community helpers just by listening to descriptions of what they do. Our song sessions were filled with fun and movement. “Criss Cross Applesauce” added a lively touch to our daily routines, and “The Wiggle Dance” brought smiles and laughter to our days.
One of the standout moments was having visits from parents who shared with the children what they do at their jobs. We had presentations from both of Asher’s parents, Atticus’s mom, and Brooke’s mom. The parents brought some tools used in their professions. It was an enlightening experience as we learned about the roles of accountants, teachers, pediatricians, and land surveyors. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the parents for volunteering their time and enriching our learning environment.
We’d also like to thank the parents who have been bringing playdough and express our appreciation to Zadie’s mom for the colorful playdough contributions. Your support enhances our classroom experiences.
A few gentle reminders: Please ensure you sign in and sign out your children daily, and remember to check the soil bin if your child has an accident. Also, please replenish their cubby with extra clothing.
Thank you for being an integral part of our Lizards’ class at CHP. We’re eagerly looking forward to another month filled with curiosity, exploration, and shared learning experiences.
Ms. Jacquie and Ms. Radhika
Hello Cottontails’ Parents,
September was a month of growth and achievement for our little Cottontails. The kids have truly mastered our classroom schedule, both in the morning and the afternoon, showing their readiness for new challenges. We also celebrated a significant milestone as seven of our Cottontail friends successfully potty-trained last month. Great job!
Our themes last month were about building relationships and exploring the world. We focused on classroom rules and fostering connections with our new friends, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We also delved into the fascinating realms of zoo animals, apples, and farm animals, sparking the children’s curiosity about the diversity of our planet. The children’s favorite activities last month included imaginative play in the sensory table, where they pretended to make apple pies using assorted pom-pom balls and felt. Building structures with large Lego blocks brought out their creativity and collaboration skills.
During storytime, “Pete the Cat Falling for Autumn” and “Who’s in the Jungle” were the classroom favorites. The children were drawn to the engaging stories and the colorful characters that came to life on the pages. Our song sessions added a musical touch to our days, with favorites like “Pete the Cat: My White Shoes” and the “Daniel Tiger Potty Song.” These songs not only entertained but also reinforced important concepts.
We had some standout moments, including the use of watercolors for painting. Exploring the inside of an apple and using it as a painting tool brought a fun twist to our art center. In terms of growth and development, the children are making impressive strides. They are learning to walk in a line without the use of a rope and also seating themselves at the table after circle time.
A quick reminder for our wonderful parents: please check your children’s folders daily and ensure they have a change of clothes on hand. Your support helps keep our young adventurers comfortable and ready for whatever the day holds.
As we dive into October, we’re excited about the journey ahead and the continued growth of our Cottontails. Thank you for entrusting us with their development, and we look forward to another month of exploration, learning, and shared experiences.
Ms. Brandi and Ms. Melany
As we step into fall, we wanted to share all the the fun adventures we shared in the Foxes classroom last month. With Ms. Kayleen and Miss Brittney, our little Foxes are thriving, and their unique personalities are shining brighter each day.
September brought a remarkable transformation in our classroom. The children have grown more comfortable and confident, and their interactions with both their peers and teachers have blossomed. We’ve witnessed more words emerging and more engaging moments with the kids.
Exploration was at the heart of our themes last month. We embarked on an exciting journey through the world of farms, apples, and trees. These themes allowed our young learners to discover the wonders of nature and the beauty of growth. Singing continue to be a highlight for the little Foxes, with the “Good Morning Song” and “Old McDonald” continuing to capture their hearts. Lately, “Sleeping Bunnies” has become a new favorite, adding a delightful twist to our musical mornings.
The Foxes have been overjoyed with the arrival of cooler morning weather, allowing them to fully enjoy the playground. This time outdoors brings a sense of freedom and exploration that they eagerly anticipate. Our reading adventures led us to some wonderful stories. “Making Faces” was a hit, allowing the children to use a mirror at the end of the book to create their own funny faces. “Baby Animals” opened a window to the world of adorable farm animals, sparking their imaginations.
During our daily activities, the children have been demonstrating their creativity and language development. Their enthusiasm for art is growing, and the introduction of playdough was met with great excitement. We’re excited to observe their continued growth and development in the months ahead. One of the moments that brightened our days was the children’s playful “Ta da” as they completed an activity or task – beyond adorable! Their sweet gestures, like blowing kisses as they leave for the day, warm our hearts.
As we look forward to the weeks ahead, please remember to label your child’s jacket with their first and last name to ensure nothing gets misplaced as cooler temperatures arrive. Additionally, mark your calendars for Spirit Week, coming up the week of October.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us. We’re thrilled to be part of their journey, and we can’t wait to see what exciting developments the next few months will bring. Stay tuned as we explore new activities and interests together.
Ms. Kayleen and Miss Brittney
- CHP will be closed on Monday and Tuesday (October 9th and 10th) for Fall Break.
- Planting Day is Next Thursday, October 12th for Owls, Lizards, and Cottontails. If you would like to volunteer to help your child’s class with planting day, Owls will plant at 9:00, Lizards at 10:00, and Cottontails at 10:30.
- On October 16th, we will welcome back our annual Pumpkin Patch! Every student is invited to bring a pumpkin and place it in the courtyard or on the playground. Pumpkins of all types and stripes are welcome. Please let your child know it is not important to label or keep track of their pumpkin, we are bringing it to share with everyone! This really makes the campus a fun and festive place!
- Picture Day is October 17th, details to come soon!
- Spirit Week will start on October 30th and continue all week.
- Monday is Class Color Day (the color of the classroom sign and door is the class color),
- Tuesday will be our annual Costume Parade for Halloween. Parents are welcome. The parade starts at 9:15!
- Wednesday is Sport Jersey Day
- Thursday is “Spooky” t-shirt day
- Friday is Pajama Day!