Weekly Letter From Gold Door Pre VPK

Gold Door 1 Pre-VPK Weekly Letter December 8, 2017

Dear Parents,

This week our topic was Holidays. We talked about people celebrating different holidays during the month of December. This week we started talking about Christmas celebrations and all the things that symbolize it: Santa, the reindeers, the Christmas trees and lights and snowmen were some of their favorite ones.

For art, we started with a Christmas tree. We used green construction paper strips of different lengths, a yellow star and a brown rectangle and glued it on white construction paper. The children decorated it with small Christmas stickers. They also decorated small plates to make penguins, a snowman, and Santa’s face. We did brown footprints to make a a reindeer Christmas card. You are going to love it! It is adorable!
We also learned words that start with letter C, and practiced the first letter on their names.

Coach Danny, for Soccer, had the children practice their coordination building a par course: the children jumped on a little step, jumped down and ran zig-zag between cones.

During music class with Mr. Brandon, the children played with drums and sang Jingle Bells.

We went to the garden on Monday to water the plants! They all look great! We are going to have a fantastic harvest!

Parent tip:
Physical activity is good for growing children. It keeps their bodies strong, makes them feel better, increases flexibility, and helps them maintain a healthy weight. Physical activity helps children develop social skills, such as taking turns, sharing, cooperating and dealing with winning and losing.

Quote of the week:
“Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.”
-Matthew Jacobson

Next week we will be taking about Hanukkah and then Kwanzaa.

Books we read:
Penguin’s Christmas Wish by Salina Yoon
Snowman Magic by Katherine Tegen
A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas by Philip Yates
Oh, What a Christmas! By Michael Garland

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Marta

 

Gold Door 1 Pre-VPK Weekly Letter December 1, 2017

Dear Parents of Gold Door 1 Students,

I hope you had a great week!

The topic this week was Healthy Habits, Being Healthy! The children had the opportunity to discuss their experiences in reference to our topic. We spoke about healthy habits that we should practice everyday. We spoke about how we should shower everyday, wash our hands frequently, and visit the doctor and dentist at least once a year. Also the importance of exercising and and being active running, riding a bike, swimming etc.
In art, the children made “My healthy plate”. We made a salad using ripped pieces of green construction paper for lettuce, red circles for tomatoes, orange sticks for carrots, white circles for radishes and finally purple circles for grapes! For the dressing, we used white paint. What a delicious salad we made! All the ingredients were glued on a small paper plate. They also explored painting with toothbrushes using different colors on construction paper.

In their journals, the children used a stencil to trace a toothbrush and molar. I explained to the children how important is to brush our teeth, and to cover our mouth and nose when we sneeze.

Active Play is physical activity. During circle Time we practiced warm up and cool down stretches, to create a healthy routine for the children.
Engaging in active play is good role-modeling, and a great way to relieve stress. Encouraging them to be physically active each day can help them develop a positive attitude toward movement, dance, sports and other physical activity. By moving more and sitting less, children learn to live in a healthful way!

Our next student of the week will be Rhea Jayavarapu. Remember to bring a poster with family pictures and thing that she likes to do to share with your class.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Marta

 

Gold Door 1 Weekly Letter November 17, 2017

Dear Parents,

This week, we are talking about what we are thankful for. I wrote what each child told me what they are thankful for on a pre-cut paper feathers that I displayed on our bulletin board. We also traced their hand and wrote more things that make them happy on each finger. Also, they made hand prints with three different colors for the turkey feathers, and two circles for body and face. They glued wiggle eyes, legs and a beak to make a place mat that will be using for our Thanksgiving Feast which is on Tuesday 21st at 11:30 a.m. You are welcome to join us. If you have signed up to bring something or want to sign up, please do it on the window next to the main door. Thank you to the ones that have signed up for more than one item. We are a small class so it is appreciated. Also, please note only one guest per child and no siblings due to insurance restrictions.

For cooking we made Taco Munch, mixing popcorn, cheese, rice cereal, taco seasoning and butter. We mixed all the ingredients and had the children scoop the mix into their bowls. They loved it!

It was a rainy day for soccer, but Coach Daniel managed to have fun and exercise under the roof!

Since next week is a short week, there will be no letter, so I would like to wish all our Gold Door families a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Happy Harvest! Enjoy your time with your family as we will with ours.
Be thankful for the simple things in life!

Our next student of the week will be Isla Guttridge, congratulations!
Please bring your decorated poster with family pictures and your favorite things and places!

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Marta

 

Gold Door 1 Weekly Letter November 10, 2017

Dear Parents of Gold Door 1 Class,

This week we talked about the family. At Circle Time each child said how many members are in their family, they also included their pets. Some said they had dogs and cats and some wish to have a bird, dog or a cat, some included their grandparents, aunts and uncles. It was so much fun hearing them talk about their family members. We also talked of how different are all families and that ours is just right for us! We also discussed how some of our families don’t live with us and how other people become part of our families because we known them a long time such our School Family. We looked at pictures with families and described each one of them. We talked briefly about the letter Ff and words that starts with that letter.

We worked in our journals, we drew our family, we also traced our hand on construction paper and on each finger we made a member of our family. We also traced letter Ff and colored it with crayons.

The children had fun learning how to say the names of the members of our family members in Spanish, like Mama (mom), Papa (dad), hermano (brother), hermana (sister).

We started helping with our school garden. We went and helped plant some tomato plants and then we did our carrot seeds. They filled the pots with dirt and then made a hole with their finger and put the seed in it, covered it with more dirt and finally watered them!

The children also started their free exploration in Science Lab, where they played and explored different games like magnets, rocks, shells, gears, patterns, and lenses to observe insects! They had a blast.

For soccer this week: Coach Daniel and the children played a game called Sharks and Minnows, they loved this game. Ask your children how to play it!

Thank you Dominic Garcia for bringing your beautiful poster! You will be up for two weeks!

Wishing you a wonderful long weekend,

Mrs. Marta

 

Gold Door 1 Weekly Letter November 3, 2017

Dear Parents of Gold Door 1,

We started the week off with our Halloween Happenings. First we had a nice story time, talked about their costumes, and took some group pictures. Then we moved to the art project where they decorated a big mask with small colored squares. After this activity, we made spiders with round crackers for the body, eight pretzel sticks for legs and we spread cheese on the cracker to stick the raisins for the eyes. Then, we went trick or treating in the front of the stores and to the clubhouse. We also filled the bags with candies for the less fortunate kids.
Thank you to all the parents that participated and helped walking and chancing the children.

We also stated talking about “Our Family”. The topic is going to be extended for one more week, since we only had three days to discuss it.

Our next student of the week will be Dominic Garcia. Please bring your decorated poster to present during Circle Time on Monday. He will be up for two weeks.

Parent tip:
Among the fine motor skills your child will perfect in the preschool year are the abilities to:

.paste things onto paper
.clap hands
.touch fingers
.button and unbutton
.work a zipper
.build a tower of 10 blocks
.complete puzzles with five or more pieces
.manipulate pencils and crayons well enough to color and draw
.copy a circle or cross onto a piece of paper
.cut out simple shapes with safety scissors.

So please help them with this at home too.

Books we read:
There Was And Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe by Jane Cabrera
I Love You Because You’re You by Liza Baker
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Marta

 

Gold Door 1 Weekly Letter October 27, 2017

Dear Parents of Gold Door 1,

We had a week full of activities! The children have been very excited in preparing for one of their favorite holidays, Halloween. This week we spoke about this fun day, how we dress up with our favorite costumes and how we have to stay safe if we go out trick or treating. We chose and object that represents the holiday, a pumpkin. The children were able to touch and describe how a pumpkin looked and felt. It was also all about orange and black, spiders, bats and jack-o lanterns!

For art this week, we traced and decorated pumpkins, bats, and made a giant ant with different shapes, circles, ovals, rectangles and squares. We named it “Lucy the Ant”. They drew themselves in the journal with their favorite costume. It was adorable to see how far their imagination goes!
The children also made nice drawings of pumpkins, spiders and bats small paper, to decorate the bags that they are filling for the less fortunate children. For their own bags they used black construction paer and decorated with green, orange and yellow foam shapes.

We did the Graph it on What is your favorite Halloween decoration?
They had skeleton,vampire, pumpkin, ghost, spider and a witch to choose from. Winner was… Spider!

This week we also had a Fire Drill. The children responded very nicely to it. We talked about why the alarm went on and that we have to stay together and safe if it happens again.

We also sang our morning songs in English and Spanish. We practiced the Abc’s, the numbers, months and days of the week!

Soccer: Our Coach continues to reinforce balance and agility using an obstacle course with cones and circles placed on the grass. As usual they had a great time and enjoyed the wonderful weather outside.

Reminder: on Tuesday, October 31, we will be having our Halloween Happening activities. We ask that you bring a set of clothes to change your child. Our Gold classes are schedule for 11:00 am.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the weather!

Mrs. Marta