Weekly Letters From Blue Door

Blue Door Weekly Letter August 11, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door:

Hello! This summer has been so much fun traveling around the world. This week we landed in France, Oo LA LA! The children learned about their flag, people, some cultural information and more. We talked about the animals found in France like: bears, deer, wolves, beavers, and vultures. We talked about the importance of the art and the food in this country. They were able to color the French flag with red and blue crayons, They also glued mosaic squares to decorate an “Escargot” (snail), a very popular plate of the French cuisine. We played some music from France as well. Next week we will finish our long summer trip in the country of Greece!

We also worked on practicing our fine motor skills. The children did free art using crayons and other materials. This week we used the lacing beads and lacing wood animals. This was an excellent game for them. They played with jumbo and regular Legos and let their imagination run wild by building castles, towers, bridges and even a “camera”!

Digital Story Time was another favorite for summer camp along with water play. This week they were really quiet and paying attention to all the stories. We saw/heard the following stories: Space Case, in the imagination and celebration category. We also played some stories from the Animals and Nature category: Danny & The Dinosaur, Diary Of A Fly, Duck On A Bike and The Red Hen. I’m not sure if we will continue with this activity for the Fall, but they certainly enjoy this to the fullest!

In soccer Coach Darryl played several games with the children. We were not able to use the soccer field because of the weather, but that was not a big deal since the Coach knows how to keep them busy and they always practice a strategy of soccer through games without even noticing! They love soccer and the Coach too!

Water play and summer camp weeks are coming to an end! But I can assure you that they loved each an everyone of their water play days! We always hope for a great weather on Fridays so they can enjoy the most joyful day of the week to play with the water! Now this was our last one for this year … until next year! Good bye summer!

Hope you have a great weekend!
Ms. Mari, Mrs. Mariselys and Ms. Paulina

 

Blue Door Weekly Letter August 4, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door:

Hello! This week we talked about the amazing country of India. We talked about their flag, the shapes in it, and the colors. We talked about the animals in India like bengal tigers, elephants, flying foxes (bats), lions and macaques (a type of monkey). Also we talked about and saw pictures of their people, clothing and some cultural events like “Diwali”, the festival of lights. They learned that the Sitar is a musical instrument that looks like a guitar. We also saw pictures of one of the most visited places in India, the Taj Mahal. The children made the flag of India with a white rectangle construction paper, orange and green stripes and a blue circle (all the shapes were pre cut by the teacher). They also painted a paper plate in orange and glued the ears, eyes, nose and stripes (pre-cut by teacher) to form a Tiger. We helped them trace an elephant and they colored it with crayons. They also had free art, played freely with Legos and play-doh.

The children enjoyed their Digital Story Time so much this week. Here are the titles of the stories that we played: Wild About Books, Stars! Stars! Stars! Is Your Mama a Llama? In The Small, Small Pond, How Do Dinosaurs go to School? Please remember that you can access these books for your child at home. Ms. Davis provided the link and login info a few weeks ago in the letter from the Director.

Mr. Brandon visited us on Tuesday and brought an acoustic guitar to play and sing these songs and interact in games with the children: Itsy Bitsy Spider, Old McDonald Had A Farm, The Wheel On The Bus, and more. At the end he sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and the kids pretended that they fell asleep on the rug. They love music!

Coach Darryl played with the children the game of the Cookie Monster. Then he did groups of 2 students at a time and they ran, kicking the ball to see who will make the goal first. They had so much fun and at the same time they were kind of playing soccer and didn’t even notice it! I LOVE SOCCER … this is the way the coach ends his classes every week!

Water play, as every Friday, is the day that the children enjoy the most. They love getting wet and playing with the water. We only have 1 more water play day before the summer camp is over.

REMINDERS:
1. Pick up your child work from the mailbox every Friday.
2. Take home their blankets, pillow, and pillow cover to wash and bring them back clean on Monday in their school provided bag. Make sure that they have 2 full changes of clothes.(T-shirt, underwear, pants/shorts and socks).
3. Trim their nails on a weekly basis for their safety and their classmates.

School will be closed at 2:30 on Thursday August 17th and closed the whole day on Friday August 18th to prepare the rooms for the new school year that starts on Monday August 21st. Back to school event will take place on Saturday August 19th from 12:00 –1:00 PM.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Ms. Mari & Mrs. Mariselys

 

Blue Door Weekly Letter July 28, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door:

I’m back from my mini vacation and had a great time with my family!. Ms. Yeysleydy is on vacation for the next 2 weeks. We hope that she enjoys her time off and comes back full of energy for the new school year!

It is incredible that we only have 3 more weeks before the summer camp ends. This past week we talked about the Country of Japan. The children made the flag with a white rectangle construction paper and a red foam circle in the center, one of the easiest flags this summer. They also created a Ninja face with a red circle construction paper (face), a cream rectangle, black rectangles (eyebrows) and two circles (eyes). They liked this activity a lot, especially the boys. They started talking about the Ninja Turtles. Also we created a Japanese cherry blossom tree and used their finger tips to paint the flowers of the tree in white and pink. We also made a Banana Sushi Roll on Friday with Bananas, nutella, flour tortillas and colored sprinkles. Most of them loved their Banana Sushi rolls! Next week we will talk about India.

Mr. Brandon was here this week and he played the ukulele and sang many of the kids favorite songs. The children were really happy to see Mr. Brandon and his big black mysterious bag and all his special musical instruments.

Digital story time took place two times this week. They love the series of Pete the Cat and his white shoes and also the 4 groovy buttons. You might hear them singing these songs. You can find these and many other stories on Youtube and play them for your child. Reading to our children on a frequent basis, (daily if possible), is extremely important for their student life in the near future.

Coach Darryl made about 3 groups of ten students each. He lined them up and gave them a set of instructions. To start running towards a corner to get a ball and start kicking it to the other side were there was a net, and to make goals. They could use their hands to pick up the ball, this was the challenging part. After that exercise he played the Sleeping Monster Game that the kids love and at the same time helps them with the listening skills.

Water play, as every Friday, is the day that the children enjoy the most. They love getting wet and playing with the water. We only have 2 more water play dates before the summer camp is over.

REMINDERS:
1. Pick up your child work from the mailbox every Friday.
2. Take home their blankets, pillow, and pillow cover to wash and bring them back clean on Monday on their school provided bag. Make sure that
they have 2 full changes of clothes.
3. Trim their nails on a weekly basis for their safety and the classmates.

School will be closed at 2:30 on Thursday August 17th and closed the whole day on Friday August 18th to prepare the rooms for the new school year that starts on Monday August 21st. Back to school event will take place on Saturday August 19th from 12:00 – 1:00 PM.

Have a wonderful weekend!
The Blue Door Teachers,
Ms. Mari & Mrs. Mariselys

 

Blue Door Weekly Letter July 21, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door:

Ms. Mari was out for a very well deserved vacation this week, but she will be back next Monday. We hope she had a wonderful time to relax and enjoy with her family. Ms. Yeysleydy will be out for the next 3 weeks on vacation. She will miss all our little ones, but she will be back just before the new school year starts in August. See you soon!

These past six weeks of traveling around the world have been great! This week we traveled to Colombia. We talked about this country, their language and sang songs in Spanish. We talked about the colors on the flag which are yellow, blue and red. The children made the Colombian flag with a yellow construction paper pre-cut in a rectangle and they glued the red and blue stripes. They also colored a green paper plate and the teacher pre-cut a frog and the children pasted the eyes. Also they painted freely and played with play dough.

Coach Darryl played the game of Cookie Monster with the kids and they had so much fun and laughed a lot. They also practiced kicking the ball from one side of the court to the other without using the hands and making goals at the end.

Digital story time continues to be a huge success (if they say the “movie” now you know they refer to the Digital Story Time on the big screen!) Please refer to the weekly lesson plan so you can see which story we played. Also remember that you can access this service for free and you can reinforce the story with your child and create a closer relationship with your little one and create a bonding time!

Last but not least, on Friday the best day of the week, we finally had some fun in the water. They cannot wait until next Friday!

Parents please don’t forget to pick up your child’s work from the mailboxes inside the classroom and to check the cubby for dirty clothes and extra clothes needed. If you need to buy pillow covers for your child’s pillow, please ask in the front office, they just arrived!

Next week we will visit the beautiful country of Japan. I can’t believe we only have 4 more weeks before the summer camp is over and the new school year starts again! Time is flying! Please visit Life Cubby to see all the pictures of different activities that we do through out the week and also to read the weekly lesson plan where you can see what books we are reading, the digital story titles, pictures, lesson plans, food and more!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Yeysleydy

 

Blue Door Weekly Letter July 14, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door:

We are still traveling around the world with our passports of fun and a travel bag that we are filling with a lot of knowledge and information! On our fifth week of summer we visited the beautiful island of Cuba, in the Caribbean. We talked about the language spoken in this country, Spanish. We also talked about their culture, music, traditional clothing, animals, weather, fruits, mountains, etc. We sang many, many songs in Spanish for children like: “Pin pon, Los pollitos dicen, Arroz con leche, La vaca lechera, a la rueda rueda” among others.

Through out the week they did several projects like the Cuban flag with construction paper, pre-cut forms by the teacher like the star, blue lines, red triangle and the white rectangle. They also practiced coloring freely to help them develop their fine motor skills. They used sponges, stamps and ink to create a full page of different patterns.

On Friday we had a cooking activity. We prepared a mango milkshake with mango pulp, milk and ice in a blender. The children helped me measure the different ingredients and putting them in the blender.

Soccer was very good this week. We noticed that the children are really now listening and enjoying more and more playing soccer. They had an awesome time with the big obstacle course that Coach Eric prepared for them. they were really energized and happy that day!

Mondays and Wednesday we have Digital Story Time. They really look forward to this event twice a week. The Story time starts promptly at 9:00 AM on those two days.

To finish our week, every Friday they look forward to their Water Play at the main playground. The weather is so hot and humid that getting wet it’s an excellent idea and activity for them. Please remember to send them in the morning already with the bathing suits, water shoes and applied sunblock. Bring a separate bag with their names with a towel, set of clean clothing, uniform shirt or polo, underwear, socks and shoes. If they do not come dressed with their bathing suits they will not be able to do water play.

Parents please don’t forget to pick up your child’s work from the mailboxes inside the classroom and to check the cubby for dirty clothes and extra clothes needed.

Next week we will visit the beautiful country of Colombia! Please visit Lifecubby to see all the pictures of different activities that we do throughout the week and also to read the weekly lesson plan were you can see what books we are reading, the digital stories titles, pictures, lesson plans, food and more!

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Mari, Ms. Yesysleydy & Mrs. Mariselys

 

Blue Door Weekly Letter July 7, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door,

On our fourth week of summer we learned about our beautiful country of USA, United States of America. The children loved talking and learning about the 4th of July (Independence Day), even if they do not understand what that means now, and telling their friends and teachers how much fun they had watching the fireworks. We learned about our traditions and a little about our history in a fun filled way. The kids had a lot fun hand printing the flag and decorating a wreath with pre-cut stars with blue and red construction paper. They also used their hand to print on a white paper and used their finger tips to do fireworks! Next week we will visit Cuba.

Coach Darryl played with the children a new game called “Cookie Monster, Are You Ready?” The coach is the Cookie Monster that tries to catch the cookies (children) while running from one side of the court to the other. They had fun! They also kicked the soccer balls freely at the end.

Digital story time it’s a complete success. The children think that it is a “movie” but in reality it is a story that they are listening to while they see the pictures or scenes and also looking at the letters (script) at the bottom of the screen.

It was a short week but we had a lot fun especially on Friday again with water play day. Blue Door loves Fridays!

We would like to welcome to our Blue Door classroom and Kids For Kids Academy family Andrea Victoriano and Santiago Kirilauscas. Also please welcome Sophia C., Tatiana L., Mariah M., Liam R. and Skylar T. from Yellow Door.

Parents please remember to pick up your child’s work from the mailboxes inside the classroom and to check the cubby holes for dirty clothes and any extra clothes needed. Also to keep their nails short, pick up long hairs (it is very hot outside) and apply sunblock and bugs spray everyday.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Mari, Ms. Yeysleydy and Mrs. Mariselys