February is a month full of many themes. Valentine's Day is the first theme. The children will be making a Valentine carrier for their many Valentines that they will be receiving from classmates. Valentine begins with "V" and this is the first letter for this month. We will be using the Handwriting Without Tears Program to make this letter. Our class will be having a party on February 13. Many heart projects will be made. This is an advance "Thank You" to our party Moms. I also wish to thank our party Moms for the holiday party. Our party was a big success. I appreciate your generosity and help with the party. We will recognize the birthdays of former Presidents Washington and Lincoln during February. Dental Health month is also in February. We will be doing an art activity with dental floss.
We will conclude the month of February with dinosaurs. This will continue into March. The differences between meat eating and plant eating dinosaurs will be explored. We will also be conducting a digestion experiment using stones. It will be emphasized that children should never eat stones with their food. Many books will be read about this interesting topic. We will also make many art projects connected with dinosaurs. One art project involves making a fossil. This theme is very interesting and exciting for four year olds.
We will be visiting Great Valley Nature Center on February 19. This will be a continuation of our Canada theme. The children will be learning about maple sugaring. Holes have been drilled in the maple trees allowing sap to run into buckets. The sap is used to make maple syrup. We will experience this at Great Valley Nature Center.
In the early part of March, we will be learning about the letter "P". A fun way to explore this letter is through a pajama party. The children will be wearing their pajamas to school. Many giggles will be heard when they see their friends wearing their pajamas to school. Each child will bring a favorite stuffed animal to circle. A pajama party would not be complete without pizza. This is another "P" word. The children will be making individual pizzas for their snack.
St.Patrick's Day is March 17. Wear green on that day. We'll be playing a game called Shamrock Shuffle.
Spring begins on March 20. We will begin to learn about Spring through art activities and games. Our Spring party will occur on March 20 too.
Snack time is a fun and nutritional part of our day. It is also another opportunity to learn. The children learn some social skills. They learn manners by waiting until all are served before eating. We encourage and promote good table manners while they are eating. Each has their own personal space at the table. Number recognition is emphasized each time we eat. A number is posted, they tell me the number, and then we count our snack according to the number. There is a preparation routine each day. Previously, jobs have been assigned and children complete their duties. Tables are wiped and cups and napkins are passed out to each child. Self-help skills are also a part of our snack time routine. The children unfold their napkins. Wednesday is healthy snack day. Fruits and vegetables are provided by the families of the children in the class. Since they many not have been exposed to some of these foods, there is experimentation as they try the new food. We participate in silence before eating. Each child knows that this is a special time to give thanks. Many times we celebrate birthdays or special days during snack time. Snack time becomes a time to celebrate their classmates. Learning, fun, and nutrition are all a part of our daily snack time routine.
Please check our special day schedule for your child's special day during these two months. Your child is given a chance to shine by being the special person on that day. They look forward to their day when they see their friends being traced. Their classmates help to decorate the paper person.
Another fun way to be involved in your child's school is to be a Guest Reader. Many parents have already signed up for this. Every other Tuesday is Guest Reader Day during our second circle. A parent brings a chosen book to school to read to the class. We get to hear many different books and see their parent or grandparent in our classroom.
Two parents have offered to come into school to bake and decorate with us. Both said that they enjoy doing this with their child and would like to share their joy with us. One will be doing it around Valentine's Day and another will be doing it as Spring begins. I welcome parents to share their time and talents with us. Each child is so excited when their parents join us in school. I also welcome grandparents.
Tr. Joyce & Tr. Maria
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