Weekly Letters From Blue Door

Blue Door Weekly Letter October 20, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door:

We all had such a great time this week learning very interesting things about BATS. They are nocturnal (sleep during the day, active during night) and they hang upside down. There are also a number of bats that eat insects, fish, frogs and small animals. Meat eating bats fly out at night, (they are “nocturnal”) to hunt for their food. Some other bats, including the flying fox, eat fruit. Although some of these bats are pests to people who own orchards, they play an important roll in nature. The fruit bats spread the seeds of the fruit they eat. Bats also have wings and fly like butterflies. During the week the children enjoyed looking at books of different kinds of bats and had a great time listening to the stories like: Baby Bat’s Lullaby, Fantastic Bats, Bats & Animal ABC books. We also listened to a few audio books. They love reading time!

SMALL GROUP/ART: The children made spiders with hand prints. We also painted a paper plate with black finger paint to create a bat. The children also practiced their fine motor skills coloring, pasting, painting and playing with Play-Doh during the week. They decorated different colors of do a dot, did free art with markers on construction paper, pasted different color papers on manila paper and had a blast. Like every week the children had a blast at Soccer class.

MUSIC: Music with Mr.Brandon was very exciting. He brought his acoustic guitar and sang all of the favorite songs that the children like. They just love the Wiggle song!

SPANISH: This week we talked about the letter B in Spanish, . We learned words like: “bebe, ballena, burro, baston, botellas, buho, barco, bate, bote, banera, bano, botas y bicicleta”. We also sang a few songs in Spanish to practice the numbers, colors and letters.

COOKING: We made a delicious BAT Grog! Here are the ingredients in case you want to do it for Halloween: 2 cups of grape juice, 1/4 cup lime sherbet, 2 cups of lemon lime beverage and 1/4 cup of lemon sherbet. They love cooking and they loved the BAT grog!

STUDENT OF THE WEEK: Our next student of the week will be Arielle C. on Monday October 23rd. Please prepare a poster board with your child and make it together. Put pictures of them and their immediate family, favorite color, books, games, places, toys, hobbies, pets, etc. Please write the names of the family members and items so we can help them while they stand up at the end of Circle Time to tell us all about their board in case they get too shy! For the month of November these will be the students of the week in this order: Camila C., Maison F. & Nicole G.

HALLOWEEN HAPPENING: On Tuesday, October 31st, we will be having our Halloween Happening. Please send your child to school dressed in their costumes, (no toys, toy weapons or trick or treat buckets). We decorated our own treat bags. Bring a change of clothes with their school uniform and shoes. Please let us know if you can volunteer that morning and take part in this special activity. Please bring before that day 1 bag of candy to donate to the homeless kids and 1 bag of non candy items (fruit gummies, pretzels, little play-dohs, etc.) for the costume parade.

Parents, please don’t forget to pick up your child’s work from the mailboxes inside the classroom and to check the cubby holes for dirty clothes and extra clothes needed. Also take home the bag to wash their blanket and pillow cover.

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Ms. Mari, Ms. Yeysleydy & Mrs. Mariselys

 

Blue Door Weekly Letter October 13, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door:

The theme for this week was numbers. The children practiced counting up to number 10. We played games counting objects in the classroom, listened to songs that teach kids about numbers like ” Five Little Monkeys or “Pumpkins” and “Ten Red Balloons”. Numbers are everywhere by repeatedly pointing to them, we can help build a foundation for the math concepts they will be learning soon.

Story time: this week the children looked at books about numbers like: My First 123 Glitter Book, My First Book of Numbers, My Little Counting Book, Ten Black Ducks and Numbers Pizza Party”.

Soccer class with coach Eric was so much fun. They played their favorite game What Time Is It Mr. Wolf?

Spanish: We learned/practiced the numbers up to 10 by saying them and also singing some songs like: “Diez deditos. Los numeros, etc”. They loved the Spanish songs!

Music class: the children sang all the beautiful songs Mr.Brandon brings every week and we noticed even tough most of the songs are new the children already know them and sing along with Mr.Brandon.

The children spent the rest of the week using different color construction paper, they used stickers, foam shapes, crayons and different color squares to decorate them while counting. We traced the number 2 or 3, depending on their age, and then they glued foam shapes to fill the number. We worked on our journals and traced the number 1 and fill them with mosaic squares. We also collected several toys from the different play areas and sorted them by colors and counted them up to 10.

Student of the week: The student of the week for this coming Monday October 16th is Cane C! Please prepare a board/poster with your child and make it together. Put pictures of them and their immediate family, favorite color, books, games, places, toys, hobbies, pets, etc. Please write the names of the family members and items so we can help them while they stand up at the end of Circle Time to tell us all about their board (so we can help them in case they get too shy!). Our next student of the week for October 23rd is Arielle C.

Parenting tip: How to develop bedtime routine. Please visit the link below so you can read a very interesting article about bedtime routine. This is a very important routine for the development of our children. Here is the link: http://www.parents.com/baby/sleep/schedule/develop-bedtime-routines/

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!
Ms. Mari, Ms. Yeysleydy, and Mrs. Maryselys

 

Blue Door Weekly Letter October 6, 2017

Hello Parents of Blue door:

This week theme was Dinosaurs! The children loved this theme. We used the Dinosaurs that we have in the blocks area, so they could see and touch them. They were really excited about this theme. Next week theme will be about numbers, so get ready to start counting with your child. Perhaps your child has been signing some new tunes this past few days because we started to include some new songs that includes: 5 Little Pumpkins, One Little Finger, If You Are Happy and 5 Little Monsters Jumping On The Bed (You can find them in youtube and play them for your child at home).

Soccer: Coach Danny continues to practice the agility with obstacle races, shooting and finishing with the ball in the goal! This helps them with balance. Unfortunately the children could not finish because it started to rain, so we transferred to the front of the school to have soccer under the roof. There they played the game called “River Bank”. This game consists of one side of the line that is the “river” and the other side of the line is the “bank”. Players line up, shoulder-to-shoulder, on the bank. The coach then shouts out one of two commands “river” or “bank”. If the coach calls “river”, players must jump forward across the boundary line into the “river”. If the facilitator calls “bank”, players must jump back to the “bank”. Also if he calls for the lake, that is located on the back of the bank, one step back.

Story time/Books: Most of our books this week were about dinosaurs. The title of the books are: “Dinosaurios Gigantes”, Can You See What I see? Dinosaurs, Dino Rush and Dinosaur Train. We also used an audio book called Dinosaurumpus, and they loved it.

Spanish: We sang the “Buenos Dias” song and two songs about the dinosaurs, since that was the theme of this week.

Small group/art: We traced the shape of a dinosaur in their journals and they colored it with crayons. We also traced the shape of a bat and the children glue mosaic squares on the inside of the bat. They also used pages of an old magazine and ripped off pages and then glued the pieces on a construction paper.

Music: The children always look forward to music with Mr. Brandon. This week was no exception, they loved it!

Student of the week: for this coming Monday October 9th is DAN CANETTI-SORIANO. Parents please prepare a board with your child and send us the poster with pictures of DAN and his family, favorite hobbies, games, food, toys, books, places, etc., to share with his friends during Circle Time on Monday morning (please make notes on the board of the persons and pictures on the board so we can help them in case they get shy). On Monday October 16th will be CANE CARPINTERO and on Monday October 23rd ARIELLE CARRANZA.

PARENTING TIP: Please spend at least 15 minutes per day, reading with your child. Talk about what they think is going to happen before the story and what did happen after. Ask them questions about the story and let them ask you questions. This will benefit their comprehension of reading and will help them to enjoy reading.

Announcements:
- Blue door students picture on Thursday October 12th
- Family Story Time Thursday October 19th
- Halloween Happening will take place on Tuesday October 31st. We will send you more information about this event next week.

Remember to check Life Cubby and show the pictures to your kids and ask them where they are and what they are doing. Also ask them what they did in school daily. This will help them develop their language skills.

Have a great weekend!
Ms. Mari, Ms. Yeysleydy & Mrs. Mariselys

 

Blue Door Weekly Letter September 29, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door:

Hello! This week’s theme was about colors. We spent the week learning and recognizing some of the basic colors like: yellow, green, red, blue, purple, orange, gray, white and black. The children played while identifying all these colors in the classroom and around the school. They also played I spy….color….., played some matching games during Circle Time and sorted by colors different objects in the classroom like Legos and cars. During the week we practiced different songs about colors but this one was their favorite the Color Song (sung to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes):
Red, yellow, green and blue. Green and blue.
Red, yellow, green and blue. Green and blue.
Purple, orange, brown and black.
Red, yellow, green and blue. Green and blue.

Soccer: Like every week during Soccer class, the children had a great time with Coach Eric doing different kinds of exercises learning how to kick, stretching and jumping.

Music:The children always have a wonderful time in music Mr. Brandon and this week was no exception!

Spanish: we played our weekly songs like “Buenos Dias, 10 Deditos, La Araña Pequeñita” and more. We practiced the colors in Spanish and reviewed the numbers up to number 10.

Fine motor skills are very important to develop at this age, that’s why every week the children practice coloring, pasting, painting, rolling, etc. During this week the children rolled, squeezed and flattened play-doh, used crayons and markers to do free art on construction paper, and used finger paint to do circles of different colors. They also colored a tree or a leaf that the teacher previously traced and they filled them with do-a-dots and they had a great time.

Student of the week: The student of the week for this coming Monday is Juan D.! Please prepare a board/poster with your child and make it together. Put pictures of them and their immediate family, favorite color, books, games, places, toys, hobbies, pets, etc. Please write the names of the family members and items. The labeling is important when they stand up at the end of Circle Time to tell us all about their board (so we can help them in case they get too shy!). Our next student of the week will be DAN C.

Parents please we need your help, do not bring your child to school with a pacifier, bottle or sippy cup, and/or personal toy. Please leave them at home or in the car to make the transition of drop off easier for your child and the teacher. Also please bring them walking to class, It also helps make the transition easier for you and the teachers. Thank you again for trusting us with your child.

Have a great weekend!!
Ms. Mari, Ms.Yeysleydy & Mrs. Mariselys

 

Blue Door Weekly Letter September 22, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door:

Hello! We hope that when you receive this newsletter you and your family are doing well after Hurricane Irma. It has been a long time since our last weekly newsletter, but here we are again, back on track and swimming in the ocean of knowledge at Blue door!

The theme for this week was about “Fall”! How leaves change their colors and start falling from the trees (We live in a subtropical area and we do not see the changes on the leaves). The children went on a leaf hunt on the playground and picked some of the remaining leaves from the trees. They were introduced to letter “F” and words beginning with this letter like fall, fish, foot, football, fan and food. We read different stories about fall like; When The Leaf Blew In and I See A Leaf. The children also practiced colors and counting up to ten. You can see/read the weekly lesson plan in Life Cubby. It is very good that you know what we do in class on a weekly basis so you can ask your child about the things we do in class. That way you can reinforce the material of the week and create a conversation with your child. The theme for next week will be colors.

Spanish: we talked about the season of “otoño”, the trees, leaves and their colors, and more. We sang a few songs in Spanish about good morning, colors and numbers.

Soccer class was a blast! The children enjoyed a long obstacle race that included going up and down the steps, going around the cones in a circular shape, going over the hurdles, stepping into the circles, and more. At the end the kick the soccer balls freely!

During art work this week, the children used finger paint, crayons, markers, stamps, tissue paper squares, glue, dry leaves and more to make fall trees with leaves and a pumpkin patch on construction paper. You will see all this wonderful work decorating our classroom.

We had a very interactive music class. Mr. Brandon played with his ukulele the following songs: The Wheels On The Bus, Ants Marching, Head, Shoulder, Knees, and Toes, and Five Little Monkeys! Then he took out of his surprise bag the Bongos, with a high and low pitch and very rhythmic. Some of the children were brave enough to stand up and play the bongos. At the end Mr. Brandon played on the big speaker The Gummy Bear Song along with the bongos, so it was a very nice combination. We all enjoyed singing and dancing with Mr. Brandon and they always look forward to music class!

We will start our student of the week on Monday October 2. Our first student of the week is JUAN DIEGO! Please prepare a poster with your child and make it together. Put pictures of them and their immediate family, favorite color, books, games, places, toys, hobbies, etc. Please write the names of the family members and items so we can help them while they stand up in circle time to tell us all about their board (so we can help theM, in case they get too shy!).

Please apply sunblock to your child daily every morning before coming to school to protect their skin. Since we lost the shade provided form the trees, the sun is hitting us directly. It is very important to cut their nails on a weekly basis or perhaps twice a week for their safety and their classmates.

Please remember to take their work from the mailbox, the dirty clothes, blanket, pillow and pillow cover from their cubby to take home to wash. Also make sure to bring 2 sets of extra clothing for your child. Two of each of the following: t-shirts, pants/shorts, underwear and socks. Make sure that they have bugs spray and diaper cream (if they use any) in our classroom.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Mari, Ms. Yesyleydy & Mrs. Mariselys

 

Blue Door Weekly Letter September 1, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door:

It has been a great and extremely exciting week! We spent all this week learning and practicing our “Class Rules”:

1. We listen
2. We walk
3. We clean up the toys
4. We keep our hands and feet to ourselves
5. We ask for things and we don’t take things away from others

They are rapidly adjusting to their new class and classmates. They all did really well practicing each one of the class rules during Circle Time all week long.

During art time we worked on our fine motor skills using crayons of different colors to do art work on paper. We also practiced turning the pages nicely every time we used a book. We worked in our journals. The teacher traced an animal of the sea and the children colored it with crayons. They also glued lots of mosaic squares on a big piece of construction paper. We played with Legos and Play-Doh and they loved both.

They all enjoyed singing and dancing with Mr. Brandon during music class. During soccer class with Coach Eric, he created a very long obstacle race that included going up the steps and then jumping down, going over the hurdles, around the cones and jumping into the circles. They finished the class kicking the ball freely towards the goal. They did pretty well!

During Spanish class this week we learned in Spanish some new songs like “Lo Pollitos Dicen, Pin Pon, Buenos Dias y Los 10 Deditos” Also we learned “Araña Pequeñita” and used our fingers like it was the spider going up and down, and used our arms to express the sun coming out. Everybody had a really good time acting these songs!

After our Blue Door classroom open house on Monday September 18 we will start doing the student of the week in alphabetical order starting with Juan Diego. We will explain later in detail how to prepare the board.

Please remember to check your child’s cubby daily for extra clothes needed and for dirty clothes to take home.

Remember that school will be closed on Monday Semptember 4, 2017 in observance of Labor Day.

Have a fun and safe long weekend with your family and loved ones!

Ms. Mari, Ms. Yeysleydy and Mrs. Mariselys