Why is it that winter gets a bad rap? Sure, the weather doesn't always cooperate and sometimes we get stuck inside for days on end waiting for a cold snap to break or the ice to melt. But in many ways, winter months can be as warm and festive as the December holidays before them. Appreciating quieter times and getting creative inside and outside the classroom are just the ticket for makingJanuary, February and March fun and happy times for preschoolers.
Room B has lots of exciting activities planned for the first several weeks of the new year. In January, we will celebrate the new season with snow and ice activities, like building mini ice castles and "painting" the snow outside (hopefully!) with colored water. We'll make icy sun catchers by encasing pinecones, needles and other outdoor treasures in ice. It will be fun to see how long they last! We'll hunker down on cold days and make our own chicken soup with rice. We'll also make several batches of homemade, scented play dough.
We will celebrate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King by focusing on one of his many legacies: service. The children will make placemats, bookmarks and other decorations for our senior friends at Park Lane and Bellingham retirement communities. We will also talk about how diverse our world is and why diversity is such a gift.
In February, we will talk about love, plain and simple. We'll read several books about friendship and values, such as "Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud. We'll also learn that it's important to love ourselves by exploring our talents and taking care of our bodies with rest, good nutrition and hygiene.
In early March, we'll enjoy a short unit on dramatic play and imagination. We'll read Harold's Purple Crayon by Read Crockett Johnson and It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw. And as spring blows in, we'll talk about wind and enjoy many activities inside and out. We'll make colorful windsocks and wind paintings and make our own wind with fun parachute games.
Here are a few important dates to remember:• Monday, Jan. 20 – School is Closed: Day of Service in observance of Martin Luther King Day• Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Preschool classes closed for parent-teacher conferences• Thursday, Jan. 30 and Friday, Jan. 31 – Preschool field trip to Jumpers• Wednesday, Feb. 12 – B1 Valentine's Day Party• Thursday, Feb. 13 – B3 Valentine's Day Party• Friday, Feb. 14 and Monday, Feb. 17 – School closed for the Presidents Day weekend• Monday, March 24 – Friday March 28 – School closed for spring break. Classes resume Monday, March 31.
Until then, embrace winter!In friendship,Tr. Mimi and Tr. Patrice
Check out photos from Room B on Flickr by clicking on the links below:
B1 2013-14 Photos
B3 2013-14 Photos
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