Hello Owls’ Families,
Happy September! Our first month of school has been a journey of exploration and growth, and we’re delighted to give you a glimpse into the awesome experiences we had this month in the Owls’ room.
One of the highlights was their very first project: a captivating “All About Me” poster presentation. The children enthusiastically shared their interests, hobbies, and personal stories, giving us all a closer look at the unique individuals they are becoming.
Throughout the month, our themes revolved around the ideas of unity and self-worth. The kids embarked on a journey of discovering that our class is a family – a supportive space where everyone is valued. Embracing their individuality, they learned not to let others’ opinions shape their sense of self. The creation of a fingerprint tree highlighted the beauty of uniqueness, even down to their fingerprints.
The favorite activities that sparked the children’s interest included crafting “Class Family” name bracelets, practicing their name-writing skills, and indulging in various art projects. Their enthusiasm for art was truly infectious, making every creative endeavor a joyous adventure.
Turning pages and diving into stories, the children connected with “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes. They empathized with the character’s emotions and engaged with the new vocabulary in the story. “The Kissing Hand” also touched their hearts, inspiring some to extend a special gesture to their parents.
Our song sessions were full of fun and energy. From the lively “La Pulga de San Jose” to the catchy “Vamos a Cantar” and “The Silly Pizza Song”, the Owls were fully engaged in the musical experience. “Found a Peanut” added its own unique twist, reflecting the creativity that flowed through their days.
Our most memorable moments occurred during our weekly science experiments which the kids looked forward to with eager anticipation. These experiences taught the kids that science can be both surprising and enlightening, regardless of the outcome. Another standout was their newfound understanding of calm-down strategies, where they learned to use tools like the breathing ball to help themselves and their friends.
Meditation entered our routine as we explored the book “The Angry Octopus” by Lori Lite. The children embraced this calming time, and their ability to engage in meditation was truly impressive. If you’re in need of some quiet time at home, feel free to give it a try!
We appreciate your continued support as we guide our Owls through this phase of growth and learning. Please find the links to the songs we’ve been singing attached below.
Thank you for being an essential part of our journey!
Ms. Wynter and Ms. Rosette
Here are the links to the songs we’ve been singing:
a. La Pulga de San Jose: https://youtu.be/l9bU31IPuBI?si=P5fQanlsvZ7q_077
b. Vamos a Cantar: https://youtu.be/gkEbJV60_Oc?feature=shared
c. Silly Pizza Song: https://youtu.be/tjeYpjCMc-M?feature=shared
d. Found a Peanut: https://youtu.be/dMJ2wugESQo?si=UPqZi_DWaw8XzfNN
Hello Lizards’ Parents,
Greetings to everyone! We are so excited to share the highlights from the Lizards class from this past month. Our little explorers have been keeping us busy with their boundless energy and curiosity, and we’re excited to give you a peek into their wonderful world.
Last month marked the beginning of a new school adventure as we welcomed our young learners into the Lizards community. We embarked on a journey of exploration, familiarizing ourselves with the classroom centers and the amazing materials within them. Adding to the excitement, we celebrated Tristen’s 3rd birthday – a joyous occasion that brought us all together.
Our “All about Me” study took center stage last month. This provided a wonderful opportunity for us to dive into creative crafts, literacy activities, math challenges, and science explorations. We also ventured into the intriguing concept of family trees, delving into the question, “Who’s in our family?”
The children’s favorite activities had them grooving to the rhythm with Mr. Rick during music sessions. Exploring the world of playdough and the captivating sensory bin filled with water, playdough, letters, numbers, and beans were also big hits.
During reading time, our little ones reveled in the interactive books such as “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” “Dear Zoo,” “Do Lions Eat Lettuce?” and “Do Frogs Fly?” These lift-the-flap and pop-up books sparked engagement, critical thinking, and hands-on exploration as they guessed, lifted flaps, and explored the intriguing pages.
Our sing-alongs included “Do You Know My Friends’ Names?” and “Up the Railroad Tracks,” which added a musical touch to our days.
Some of our memorable moments included lining up and washing our hands using laminated footprints, a fun and interactive way to maintain routines. Another highlight was the introduction of classroom jobs, offering a sense of responsibility and a chance to earn treasures at the week’s end.
The children are settling in and have shown increasing trust in their teachers. They are settling into the routines, rules, and expectations of the Lizard room with ease. Their comfort and relaxation are evident, reflecting the nurturing environment we aim to provide.
A quick reminder to our parents: please make sure to sign in and out with your first initial and last name (at a minimum), and kindly check in with the teacher if you see your child’s name is highlighted. Don’t forget to check out the sign-up sheet on the clipboard if you would like to make playdough for the class.
Thank you for entrusting us with your little ones’ growth and learning journey. We’re eagerly looking forward to the month ahead, filled with more discoveries and cherished moments.
Ms. Jacquie & Ms. Radhika
Dear Cottontails’ Parents,
We had an amazing time in the Cottontails room during our first month. Our little explorers have been keeping us all on our toes, and we’re excited to give you a glimpse into their adventures.
Last month, we had the pleasure of welcoming several new friends to the class. Adapting to new routines and getting acquainted with our classroom rules has been a big part of everyone’s journey. We’re also celebrating the achievements of three of our little buddies who successfully embraced the potty-training phase – a significant step for both them and us! Several others are on their way as well!
Our themes this month were engaging and enlightening. We focused on understanding classroom rules and fostering connections with our new friends. Farm animals were a hit, sparking the kids’ imagination and broadening their understanding of the world around them.
The children’s activities that stood out the most included our interactive animal adventures and artistic escapades with watercolors. The children thoroughly enjoyed building structures using oversized Lego blocks, which brought out their creativity and cooperation skills.
We read many books, but some of our favorite stories were, “Everyone Goes Potty” with Daniel Tiger and the rhythmic “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” which captured the children’s attention and imagination. Our sing-alongs featured classics like “Old Mac Donald” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
Our little explorers had a blast investigating insects using a magnifying glass, and they found endless joy in our sensory table filled with beans and oats – hands-on learning at its finest!
A gentle reminder for our wonderful parents: please remember to check your child’s folder daily and ensure they have a change of clothes. Your support helps keep our young adventurers comfortable and ready for whatever the day holds.
Looking back at the past month, it’s heartwarming to see our Cottontails growing in various ways. Their progress in center activities and handwashing skills reflects their determination and the combined effort of home and school.
We’re eagerly looking forward to another month of shared learning and growth.
Ms. Brandi and Miss Melany
Welcome to the new year! We are excited to share our all about first month in the Foxes classroom! We had some delightful moments and discoveries this past month. Let’s dive into the exciting activities and progress that made our days memorable.
We kicked off the month with a fresh start, officially launching the new Foxes class on August 7th. Excitement was in the air as our young explorers stepped into this new adventure. Throughout the past month, our little Foxes have been embracing the theme “All About Me.” This journey of self-discovery led them to explore their own identities and learn about their families – a beautiful foundation for building connections and understanding their world.
Among the activities that they enjoyed, dancing to the Baby Shark remix was a definite favorite. The kids jumped and moved to the rhythm, expressing their joy through music. Additionally, they had a blast with an activity involving pom poms and paper towel tubes – a clever way to develop fine motor skills while having heaps of fun. Books played a magical role in the Foxes class, with “I Am Going Like Myself” capturing their interest. The small fabric books on the bookcase also held a special allure, offering a tactile exploration of the world of stories.
Our song lineup included the beloved “Good Morning Song,” which not only helped them learn their classmates’ names but also set a cheerful tone for the day. “Mr. Sun” and the ABC song added musical excitement to their daily routines. The Foxes class was bubbling with excitement as they encountered the enchanting bubble machine. The sheer delight on their faces as it came to life was truly heartwarming. Dancing with scarves brought smiles and laughter, showcasing their boundless energy and enthusiasm.
We’re thrilled to share that, despite a few emotional moments in the beginning, all our little Foxes have embraced the routines and activities of the day. Their unique personalities are shining through, and their curiosity to learn and try new things is truly inspiring.
As we transition into the (relatively) cooler months, a reminder that we will start to play outside more soon. If you add any new clothes to your child’s cubby, please make sure everything is labeled with your child’s first and last name. A heartfelt thank you for keeping your little ones well-equipped with diapers and wipes – your cooperation is truly appreciated.
Looking ahead, our upcoming theme will revolve around “All About the Farm and Apples.” If you’re able to contribute, we’d greatly appreciate donations of empty, clean water bottles and cereal boxes. These items will be put to creative use in our sensory bottles and building blocks projects.
Thank you for being a part of our Foxes’ growth journey. We’re eagerly looking forward to the month ahead, filled with more discoveries and shared moments.
Ms. Kayleen and Miss Brittney
- We are already returning to the outdoors more throughout the day (as weather permits). Please apply sunblock in the morning to protect from the sun.
- On Thursday, September 14th, we will have our annual potty training Q&A for Cottontails families at 3:45 PM. If you have questions about potty training, please join us!
- We will be decorating the campus for fall on Tuesday, September 19th at 9:15 AM. If you would like to help with decorating, please let us know. We would love to have you join us!
- Soccer starts tomorrow for the Cottontails, Lizards, and Owls. Dance and Yoga starts for Lizards and Owls on Thursday! Please sign up today if you would like your child to attend either one of these. We sent the sign up links out through remind.
- A reminder that we kindly ask parents not to park in the teacher lot on the side of the church. For safety, we are trying to prevent children from being near cars that may back up.