We are welcoming this wonderful weather! During the month of February, the children learned about the letters O and P and did projects around Valentine's Day. We will begin the month of March with the letters Q and R. Our arts and crafts projects will include these letters for Queens and Roosters.
As we move into March and April, we plan to focus on crafts that require the children to enhance their fine motor skills such as pinching playdough and peeling stickers. These activities are great for allowing the children to develop their pincer grasp. As the weather has been warm and beautiful and will continue to do so, the class has been enjoying playing together outside and learning all about the world around them. We notice the airplanes in the sky, the noisy birds, and we even draw with chalk!
The texture table and playdough are big hits in the classroom! The children have had the opportunity to play with water, blocks, rice, and various other items in the table. The teachers will be switching out the contents of the texture table this mohnth so the children can discover a whole new look and feel to different objects. Our very curious unch are always learning and asking questions and we are looking forward to the the Spring months packed with fun activities!
Courtney and Alyssa
WE HAVE SLOTS OPEN IN OUR TODDLER ROOM, OUR PRE-SCHOOL ROOM (3 YEAR OLDS) AND OUR PRE-K ROOM (4 YEAR OLDS)!
PRESCHOOL (3 year olds)
We have been very busy in our classroom! We are learning many things and having a lot of fun with our friends! Our plans for the month of March will include working on the letters Q, R, and S. For Q, we will be making a Queen, R for raccoons, and S will be for snakes! The week of March 13 - 17, we will focus on St. Patricks Day projects. We will be reading the story, "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shamrock"! The front bulletin board in the Center already exhibits a beautiful rainbow made from handprints of all the children in the Center. A wonderful way to bring in the sunshine!
In April, we will focus on Spring and Easter crafts. We will decorage Easter eggs and make pretty flowers! The last two weeks of April we will be working on the letters U and T. Tigers and Unicorns are in our future!
Jane and Connie
PRE-K Room (4-5 year olds)
Since the holdidays ended, the children in the Pre-K class have enjoyed their new activity of writing in their journals every day. This is such a nice introduction to reading activities that they will experience in Kindergarten.
We do the calendar daily and the children are recognizing letters and numbers and learning about sentence structure. We will be focusing on developing fine motor skills especially with those children who are a little weak in this area. From now until September, we will do activities to help better prepare them for Kindergarten. We hope to achieve this through their daily activities, socialization, and development of motor skills.
Letters to be discussed and practiced through March and April are as follows:
Letter J: Jelly Fish, Jelly Beans, Jam
Letter M: Mouse, Moose, Mask
St. Patrick's Day Shamrocks, Pot of Gold, Special Hat
Letter L: Lollipops, Lamps, Lemonade
Activities based on the Spring theme will be introduced: snakes, spiders, flower vases, strawberries, sun flowers, carrots, bunnies, chicks, egg hunts, egg dying.
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