Weekly Letters From Blue Door

Blue Door Weekly Letter December 8, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door:

Hello! This week theme was about winter. We spoke about how in some places that they have visited it snows, but here in Miami it does not snow. We discussed how the weather changes sometimes and it gets colder. We also talked about the appropriate winter wear such as, sweaters, boots, gloves, and hats.

The words with the letter W that we went over are: wagon, watermelon, work, wheels, watch and whale. Next week theme will be Hanukkah.

ART: During small group this week the children started working on all the winter, Hanukkah & Christmas projects to decorate our room. They also had a chance to do a free art activity. Then the children decorate a snowflake with square mosaics. The children put a snowman together using Play-doh.

MUSIC: Mr. Brandon brought his ukulele and started singing popular songs like Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and more. Some students stood up next to Mr. Brandon and did “solos” of Jingle Bells. He also played Christmas songs on his speaker and the children danced freely and had lot of fun.

COOKING: We prepared a snowman with slices of bananas, then we put 1/2 of a strawberry for the hat with a dot of cool whip for the tip of the hat. We used pretzel sticks for the arms and nose and chocolate chips for the eyes, mouth and buttons. They all loved this activity and it was really yummy!

STUDENT OF THE WEEK: Our next student of the week is KHALED A. for this coming Monday 12/11. Please prepare a board/poster with your child, make it together as a family project. Include pictures of them and their immediate family, favorite color, books, games, places, toys, hobbies, pets, etc. Please write the names of the family members (label the pictures) 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!) For the rest of the month the students of the week will be: 12/18 SEBASTIAN K.

NEWS/EVENTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS:

- Book Fair starts this coming Monday December 11th through Friday the 14th. Also Clifford the Big Red Dog will be here on Thursday to take pictures with the children from 4:00-6:00 PM.

- Parents night out is on Saturday December 16th!

- Santa’s visit to school on Friday December 22nd from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

- Please remember that we will be closed from December 25th through January 1st. We will re-open on Tuesday January 2nd.

Quote of the Week
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Mari, Ms. Yeysleydy & Mrs. Mariselys

 

Blue Door Weekly Letter December 1, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door:

Hello! This week’s theme was about transportation. This week the children learned about how we go to different places, they learned a really difficult word “Transportation”. They also learned the different meanings of transportation like, land (car, train), air (airplane), and water (boat). We did a lot of activities about this topic. During Circle Time, we did a puppet show where the children helped our puppet friend decide how to get to different places like the supermarket, school, his grandma’s house who lives far away from here, etc. They all enjoyed naming cars, trains, boats, bus, airplanes, etc. They also had a good time naming different objects from the classroom beginning with letter B. Next week theme will be about winter.

ART: The children had lot of fun doing a train with several pre-cut shapes out of construction paper. They also did a traffic light with paper plates, construction paper, markers and glue. They created a car with a paper plate, construction paper and tissue paper squares.

SOCCER: This week coach Danny continues to do the obstacle race using a bean bag for the child to carry. At the same time they have jump and bunny hops, go around the circles, jump over hurdles, walk in zigzag around the cones. This helps the children to listen and follow more than 1 instruction at a time.

STUDENT OF THE WEEK: Our next student of the week is JAXSON G. for this coming Monday. Please prepare a board/poster with your child, make it together as a family project. Include pictures of them and their immediate family, favorite color, books, games, places, toys, hobbies, pets, etc. Please write the names of the family members (label the pictures) 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!) For the rest of the month the students of the week will be: 12/11 KHALED A. AND 12/18 SEBASTIAN K.

Please let us know if you do NOT celebrate Christmas in you home because we will start working on the theme of winter, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas all this month of December.

Almost everyone is practicing potty training really hard, so parents please keep it up at home and soon you won’t have to worry about buying more pull ups!!

NEWS/EVENTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Next week from 12/4-12/8 we will have the Book Fair. Please pass by and get some good books for your child and also get some for gifts! Also Clifford the Big Red Dog will here on Thursday 12/7 from 4:00-6:15 PM to take pictures with the children.

Please don’t forget to check your child’s cubby holes for dirty clothes and extra clothes needed and to pick up the art work from the mail boxes.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Mari, Ms. Yeysleydy & Mrs. Mariselys

 

Blue Door Weekly Letter November 17, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door:

This was a very busy week in Blue Door! The children spent the week getting ready for Thanksgiving, doing hats to dress up like Indians and turkeys, and decorating for our classroom for the feast next Tuesday. They listened to the story of Thanksgiving and how the Indians and Pilgrims became friends. We named things we are thankful for, we talked about the food we eat on that special day. The children also learned words beginning with letter “T” like turkey, tomato, table, turtle, toast and tiger. Next week we will continue with the Thanksgiving theme.

ART: The children did beautiful art work this week. They decorated their Indian’s and/or turkey hats with finger paint, construction paper, feathers and glue. They used fall colors of paint to do free art on construction paper. They decorated a pre-cut turkey with tissue paper squares to use for their place mats. We also decorated a big leaf to use in our tables and used do-a-dots to decorate the place mats. You will see this beautiful art work decorating our tables for the feast and the walls of our classroom.

SOCCER: The children keeps practicing the obstacle course with Coach Danny. They hold a bean bag in their hands while doing the course. They are practicing more and more kicking the balls, and they are doing a great job. They are getting better and better each week!

SPANISH: This week we talked about “Dia de Accion de Gracias” and all the things related to this holiday like: “pavo, cena, comida, familia, celebracion” and more.

MUSIC: Mr. Brandon came with his acoustic guitar and the big wireless Bluetooth speaker for the kids to dance free style at the end of the class with one of their favorite songs, the Gummy Bear song!

STUDENT OF THE WEEK: Our next students of the week is NICOLE G. & MAISON F. for this coming Monday November 21st. Please prepare a board/poster with your child, make it together as a family project. Include pictures of them and their immediate family, favorite color, books, games, places, toys, hobbies, pets, etc. Please write the names of the family members (label the pictures) 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!) For the month of December it will be: Jaxson G., Khaled A. & Sebastian K.

NEWS/EVENTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS:
11/21 Thanksgiving Lunch at 11:30 A.M. Parents, don’t forget you are invited to come celebrate Thanksgiving with us, we hope to see you all here!! But remember, only one family member per child, due to limited class size and due to insurance restrictions, siblings are not permitted. Please let us know if you can volunteer to help us set up that day for the lunch.

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

 

Blue Door Weekly Letter November 10, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door Students:

We had a great week learning about fruits and vegetables. During Circle Time we showed the children pictures of fruits and vegetables. We also played a game called Farmer’s Market color sorting set and touched 25 different fruits and vegetables and then sorted them by colors. They were able to recognize and name a lot of fruits and vegetables. We also visited the garden and saw either the little plants or pots that had seeds for the following: tomatoes, squash and beans. The children helped us water the plants. They learned that plants need water and sunlight to live. We learned the parts of a flower like: petals, stem, leaves and that the roots grow under the ground to keep the plant alive.

We visited the garden and talked about the seeds, plants and flowers. Each children filled a pot with soil using a little shovel (by themselves) and we helped them put the little tomato plants, press down the soil and put more soil around it. Then we labeled each plant with a wood stick that says Blue Door so we can check every week how the tomato plants are doing until they harvest. We also saw the plants and seeds that the classes planted.

Soccer: Coach Danny repeated the obstacle course with little beans bag for the children to carry while doing the race. They also kicked the soccer balls freely. With repetition the children learn better the different stages of the game,

Spanish: We talked about flowers, fruits and vegetables, including their shape, color and taste. We also reviewed the colors, numbers, letters and shapes.

Art: We worked on tracing a flower and then coloring it. Also we worked with a leaf and glued mosaic squares all over it.

STUDENT OF THE WEEK: Our next student of the week is MAISON F. for this coming Monday November 13. 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!). For the month of November these will be the students of the week on this order: 11/20 NICOLE G.

PARENTING TIPS: Here is a link about Cleaning Up Toys: Tips for Teaching Toddlers. Please read and start using it at home. It is really important that our children learn to pick up after they play with their toys. https://www.whattoexpect.com/playroom/ask-heidi/clean-up.aspx Cleaning up teaches children to solve problems. If you are tempted to give in to your stomping and pouting child, keep in mind that cleaning up teaches children how to solve problems in a way that free-play does not. During free-play, the child dumps the blocks out of the bin, but during clean up time the child must figure out how all the blocks are supposed to fit back into the bin. This can be challenging for young minds. Children also need to practice how to pick up multiple items at once and will be challenged to create efficient methods to finish their jobs more quickly. A little industrial engineering experience cannot be harmful even for a resistance child. Just remember, if you feel guilty about making your screaming child clean up, that this experience is teaching your child about perseverance– or what is popularly known as grit. (article from: https://intelligentnest.com/2012/07/24/cleaning-up-toys-how-and-why-to-teach-children-to-take-responsibility/

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Ms. Mari, Ms. Yeysleydy & Mrs. Mariselys

 

Blue Door Weekly Letter November 3, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door:

Hello! This was a very exciting and hectic week since we celebrated Halloween Happening this past Tuesday. The children had a lot of fun with the parade and doing trick or treat by the school mall and the club house. They also enjoyed doing a mummy with construction paper. We made coo a candy corn fruit salad, for cooking that they loved. We read a book called “Sixteen Pumpkins” and also listened to some songs about Halloween.

This week our theme was the end of Halloween and ”Baby Animals”. We explained that animals have different names depending on whether they are male or female, and adult or offspring. This is best illustrated by using what the preschoolers are most familiar with – themselves. Explained that there are two types of people – males and females. Males are boys and females are girls. Grown-up males are called “men”. We asked them if they can guess the name for grown-up females. The answer, of course, is “women”. We asked them if they can think of the name for a young male. Animals have different names depending whether they are adults or babies. We showed them pictures of animals and their babies. Here are some examples of pairs that we talked about: cow/calf, elephant/calf, dog/puppy, ape/baby bear/cubn bird/ hatching or chick, cat/kitten, kangaroo/joey, duck/duckling, on whether they are male or female, and that adults and babies (or offspring) often have different names as well. Next week topic will be all about Garden.

During Spanish class this week we brought all kinds of baby animal puppets and the children enjoyed singing and acting out all the stories we read during the week and also went over the Letter L in Spanish using words like “luna, lobo, leche, libro y leon”.

For art work this week the children finished their work for Halloween Happening. We also painted a paper plate in yellow to create a chick. They played with play-doh, tools and rolling pins. They are also playing with puzzles in the table tops area.

SOCCER: Soccer class was just amazing the children just love to play games with Coach Danny. He prepared an obstacle race, this time a little bit more difficult than the previous week. This helped the children to focus, listen and follow instructions better. To finalize the class they kicked the balls against the wall, to practice the kicking.

MUSIC: Mr. Brandon: The children love music and this week was no exception!

STUDENT OF THE WEEK: Our next student of the week is Camila C. for this coming Monday November 6. 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!). For the month of November these will be the students of the week on this order: 11/13 Maison F. & 11/20 Nicole G.

Parents, please don’t forget to check your child’s cubby holes for extra clothes needed. Please bring 2 sets of clothes. Sometimes they get really dirty during playground or lunch time and we don’t want to send them home or to nap with their clothes dirty. Keep their nails trimmed to prevent accidents. Thank you very much for your help.

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

 

Blue Door Weekly Letter October 27, 2017

Dear Parents of Blue Door:

We all had such a great time this week getting ready for our Halloween Happening. During Circle Time the children talked about the costumes they were going to wear during our Halloween Happening. Also what type decorations we use to celebrate on this day, like black cats, bats, pumpkins and colors orange, black and purple. We also listened to some songs with a little twist of Halloween!

SOCCER: Coach Danny created an obstacle course, then they started kicking the balls against the wall. To finalize they started playing with the song of Head, shoulders, knees and toes. This games helps them with coordination and listening.

SMALL GROUP/ART: This week the children did lots of art work about Halloween. We colored a construction paper and glued a purple bat with their names to put inside the plastic bags to put our treats in on Halloween Day. They also made a Jack O’ Lantern with paper plates and pre-cut shapes for the eyes, nose and mouth. They made a hand print Spider in their journal. During the week the children also practiced counting leaves on the playground and different toys in the classroom.

MUSIC: As every week they enjoyed watching Mr. Brandon singing and acting out all their favorite songs.

COOKING: We prepared a banana ghost. We used 1/2 a banana, inserted a wood stick and used 2 chocolate chips to make they eyes. It was a very simple activity that we used to talk about the colors, shape and also a nutritious healthy snack, that looked very cute and SPOOKY!

STUDENT OF THE WEEK: Our next student of the week will be Camila C. on Monday, November 6th. 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!). For the month of November these will be the students of the week on this order: 11/13 Maison F. & 11/20 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. If you are available to volunteer for the parade, please sign up with the front office.

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