Weekly Letters From Gold Door VPK

Gold Door 2 Weekly Letter October 20, 2017

Dear Parents of Gold Door 2 Students,

This week we would like to welcome King Richardson, to Gold Door 2, who started Kids for Kids this week. We are very happy to have you with us.

This week we began to learn about Pumpkins and Crawlers! We will continue talking about them next week as well to tie into our Halloween Happening that will take place Tuesday October 31st! This week we learned about bats and spiders! Are you afraid of bats? Well, did you know that bats are afraid of you? These amazing mammals have long been misunderstood! In fact, bats actually help the environment and people by eating tons of flying insects that destroy crops and spread diseases. Bats also pollinate night flowers, such as cactus, and help spread seeds to create new fruit trees. We also learned that there are over 900 species of bats. Most of the species eat insects while some also eat fruit and fish. We also learned about spiders and learned that most spiders have not only eight legs but also eight eyes! Spiders are predators. They lay eggs and carry their baby on their backs.

One of the most exciting parts of the week was when the children saw the big, orange pumpkin in the class! The children were able to feel, touch and smell the pumpkin. We were able to cut and dissect it. We also took out the seeds and counted them.

For Enrichment this week:
Our graphing topic of the week was what is your favorite Halloween decoration? In soccer the children did an obstacle course and had some fun kicking the ball.

We have been getting into Halloween mode and reading stories and singing songs. For Art this week, the children made some creepy bats and spiders and worked in their journals. Two of the children’s favorite stories this week was “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat!” And “The Thirteen Nights of Halloween”. Both of these are very good books to read with your child because of it’s repetitious nature. It also brings in sequencing. We’re starting learning about ordinal numbers; first, second, third, etc. Another favorite story was “The Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid Of Anything!” This book the children really enjoyed because they were able to act out the different parts of the story.

Our cooking activity this week was “mummy muffins”. The children placed strips of cheese on an English muffin, used olives for the eyes and baked it in the oven and had it for snack! It was delicious!

In Music, Mr. Brandon brought his guitar this week. The children sang Old Mc Donald and Halloween songs with him. He also introduced the fundamentals of teaching scales of music.

Reminders:
*October 27th MDCPS Closed! Non-instructional camp day!
** Halloween Happening is on the 31st! Bring your child dressed in and also bring a separate change of clothes in a Ziploc with your child’s first and last name as well as their classroom.

*** After Halloween we will be starting our unit on family, so please send a family picture for the classroom family board and to share with the class.

Student of the week: Congratulations to our next student of the week, KAI GUERRA. Please bring a decorated poster with pictures of family and friends on Monday to share with the class next week.

Quote of the Week:
“Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is”. Yoda- Star Wars
Have an amazing weekend!

Ms. Nadia

 

Gold Door 2 Weekly Letter October 13, 2017

Dear Parents of Gold Door 2 Students,

We would like to start by welcoming Lilliana, Shawn, Chloe and Enzo to Gold Door 2. We are very happy to have you with us.

This week we learned all about Fruits and Vegetables! Young children can be taught many new items or ideas through repetition. Play games or pretend play with your children, using plastic pretend fruit & veggies. You should also most definitely add in the actual fruit or vegetable from time to time. Or just talk about it during a meal or during snack time! We talked about different characteristics of the fruits and vegetables. When doing this, we discussed sizes, shapes, lengths, texture and color. We also talked about things that happen with your senses when you eat certain fruits and vegetables. What does it taste like? Do you want to sneeze when you eat it? Does it have a sound that it makes when you bite into it or when you knock on it? What does it smell like when it’s cut open, peeled or squeezed? Do you feel happy and more awake after smelling an orange? Does it feel firm or squishy? These are all perfectly good ideas for questions to talk about with your children.
During Circle Time we brainstormed about what they already know about fruits and vegetables, and what they’d like to find out about fruits and vegetables. We briefly touched on the food pyramid or my plate which is basically all the food groups that should be included in your daily diet. We talked about where the fruits and vegetables come from. How they are planted and it takes time for them to grow before they are ready to eat. We looked at some pictures which showed step by step process of the farmers digging and planting seeds, of the plants being watered and taken care of, picking the fruits and vegetables, taking them to the supermarket and then people buying them. The children were very surprised to learn that there is an entire process before they can buy the produce from the supermarket.

Books we read this week: Apple Trouble, Eating The Alphabet, Everything That Grows, Color Of His Own, and Growing Vegetable Soup.

In Enrichment this week:
Our graphing topic of the week was “What is your favorite color apple?” Red apple was liked by most children.

Art: The children created collages, by cutting pictures of fruits and vegetables from grocery store flyers. They also traced a picture of their favorite fruit and decorated it with tissue paper. Towards the end of the week they worked in their journals and drew the fruits and vegetables they like.

Science Lab: This week the children visited the science lab for free play and exploration and loved it! They constructed some cool-looking potato heads, played with dinosaurs, looked at discovery bottles and they used a magnifying lens to look at shells and rocks. They loved exploring in the science lab and you’ll be seeing the pictures soon!

Music: In music br. Brandon sang a new number song on the ukulele. The children sang along with him. They also sang the spooky Old Mc Donald, which is the Halloween version. The children loved it !!

Reminder: Please send a family picture, so we can put it up on our family board in the class. Thank you!

Parent Tip: Here is the link to Choose My Platehttp://www.choosemyplate.gov/

Quote of the Week: “Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level.”

Have a fabulous weekend!

Ms. Nadia

 

Gold Door 2 Weekly Letter October 6, 2017

Dear Parents,

This week we have been learning about Fall and Leaves and the letter Ff. Even though the weather has been gloomy and rainy, we were able to do a nature walk and collect a sample of leaves from around our school to compare and to look at. We did a sensory activity of observing, touching and comparing the leaves collected on the ground with the leaves of our classroom plant. We practiced writing the letter Ff and came up with a lot of words that begin with that letter. Some of the words the children came up with were fish, frog, firefighter, flowers, fork and feather. Please continue to practice and review the letters with your child.

Our Graphing topic of the week was: What is your favorite leaf color? Red was the most popular color.

Books we read this week:
Mouse’s First Fall
Fall Leaf Project
Little Tree
When The Leaf Blew In
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
My Book of F

For enrichment this week:
Art: This week the children made a fall wreath by pasting different color leaves on a round paper plate. We also made leaf patterns by painting leaves of different shapes with red, orange and green paint and then pressing it on a paper to make the impression of the leaf. The children also made a fall tree by tracing their arm (with the teacher’s help) with brown crayon to represent the trunk of then tree. Then they used crayons and markers to draw the leaves. They also worked in their journals.

Soccer: Even though it was a rainy day, Coach Eric did an obstacle courses with the children and played their favorite game, What Time Is It Mr. Wolf?

Music: The children and Mr. Brandon sang songs while playing the ukulele and danced tO their favorite music.

Cooking: This week for cooking, we made pumpkin spice pudding to welcome the flavors of fall. The kids learned about measuring, pouring the ingredients, mixing and serving. We later ate the delicious pudding for snack time. It also gave them an opportunity to do teamwork and learn to take turns.

Student of the week: Congratulations to Samantha Cabral for being our next student of the week. Please bring a decorated poster to share with the class on Monday.

Reminders: Please check the mailboxes on Friday for any work to take home. Also remember to take the bag with the pillow and blanket to wash and bring back on Monday. Please make sure that they have a full set of change in the class that includes: underwear, socks, shirt and pants/shorts.
Picture day for Gold Door is on Wednesday 10/11/17. You may send your child dressed in any clothing for school pictures but please bring a school uniform in a bag to change into after the picture.

Quote of the week: Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
-Robert Fulghu

Have an awesome weekend

Ms. Nadia

 

Gold Door 2 Weekly Letter September 29, 2017

Dear Parents of Gold Door 2:

This week our topic was SHOES. We learned to sort our class shoes from biggest to smallest. We learned that shoes come in different models, colors, shoes are different for when we go out to play, there are shoes for sports, for dance, for mommies going out, and for daddies going to work. We also learned that the shoes have soles and when you look at them they are different, some have lines, some squares, some have big letters, some small letters. We practiced measuring using cubes to measure how many cubes our shoes are and we also ordered our shoes by sizes. We talked about the different types of shoes we wear: ballet shoes, ice skating, bowling, etc. The children also did a rubbing of their shoe sole, they also traced their shoe in their journal and colored it. The children also made a shoe collage. They cut out pictures of shoes from magazines and pasted them on a paper.

We have been practicing our shapes and colors, we learned how many corners and sides a square, triangle, rectangle have, we also learned two new shapes octagon and pentagon.

We have been practicing our numbers 1-10.
We also learned about the letter “Ss” the sound it makes and what words start with the letter S. Our topic for next week will be “Fall/Leaves”.
Books we read this week:
Don’t Lose Your Shoes
Best In Show
Pete The Cat I Love My White Shoes
Pete The Cat Rocking In My School Shoes

In enrichment this week:
Our graphing topic of the week was “Do your shoes have laces or no laces?” I’m happy to tell you that all shoes had Velcro.

For soccer, the children did another obstacle course this week. Coach Eric introduces new elements and every time it’s something new added in the obstacle course. They also played a game of Sharks and Minnows where some of the kids were sharks and the rest were minnows. The “minnows” had to run past the Sharks without being caught. It was a lot of fun. Through these games and activities the children are also learning to listen to directions and wait for their turn, they are doing really well.

For music, the children sang to their favorite songs, Old McDonald and The ABC song while playing the Ukulele. Mr. Brandon also sang Five Little Monkeys while the children played the bongos. It was so much fun. The music class ended with a dance party to the gummy bear song.

Parents Tip:
The Importance of Reading Aloud to your child daily – At just a few months of age, an infant can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and point to objects on cardboard pages. Guide your child by pointing to the pictures, and say the names of the various objects. By drawing attention to pictures and associating words with both pictures and real-world objects, your child will learn the importance of language. Children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of printed words on a page. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. When the rhythm and melody of language become a part of a child’s life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk. Even after children learn to read by themselves, it’s still important for you to read aloud together. By reading stories that are on their interest level, but beyond their reading level, you can stretch young readers’ understanding and motivate them to improve their skills.

Quote of the Week:
“Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.” ~ Catherine M. Wallace

Have a wonderful weekend!
Ms. Nadia

 

Gold Door 2 Weekly Letter September 22, 2017

Dear Parents,

It was great to see all the children back in school this week and able to get back to the normal routines. We are extremely grateful that everyone stayed safe during the storm.

This week we learned all about Dinosaurs and the letter D; how they lived, what they ate (herbivores- plant eaters & carnivores- meat eaters), and different characteristics about the dinosaurs. We learned about paleontologists- they use fossils to try to figure out three main things about fossils: Identity and origin of the fossil, the fossil’s environment, and what the fossil can tell us about the history of the earth.

Our graphing topic this week was,”Which is your favorite dinosaur?” and it was a tie between T-Rex and Stegosaurus. We also learned that they are meat eater dinosaurs and dinosaurs that are plant eaters, some hatched from eggs, what colors they are, some walk on 2 legs, some on 4 legs.

Books we read this week:

Dinosaur Galore
Curious George Visits The Museum
Dino Rush
When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth
Pete The Cat Cavecat Pete
Skippy Jon Jones And The Big Bones

Art: This week we used foam paint over the table and the children made circles and lines, they had lots of fun with this activity. The children also made a dinosaur out of a paper plate. We made a T-Rex foot dinosaur. I painted the children’s feet with green paint and made a print, and added the eyes and teeth. They enjoyed having their feet painted, and said that it felt cold and tickly. We also traced and colored the letter “D”. In addition we colored some cut-out cardboard dinosaurs using paint and they looked awesome.

In enrichment this week:

Soccer: In soccer class on Wednesday, the children played the game, “On The River, On The Bank” and “What Time Is It Mr. Wolf?” with coach Eric. They also enjoyed some free play with the soccer ball.

Music: The children had a great time with Mr. Brandon during music class on Friday, singing and dancing to their favorite songs. He also brought the ” bongos” with him and the children got a chance to try playing it. As Mr. Brandon played the music, the children patted their knees in the rhythm of the drums.

This weekend please practice with your children: shapes of SQUARE, TRIANGLE, RECTANGLE, OVAL, CIRCLE, make it a game have them look around the house for the shapes.

Student of the week: Congratulations to our first student of the week, Noah Bermudez. Please bring a decorated poster on Monday with pictures of family and friends to share with the class on Monday.

Parent Tips:
Here is an interactive websites about dinosaurs you can share with your children – http://www.kidsdinos.com/

Read together every day!
Read early and read often. The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. It’s never too early to begin reading to your child! Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close. Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Talk about “story time” as the favorite part of your day.

Quote of the Week:
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
- Jesse Jackson

Have a great weekend.

Ms. Nadia

 

Gold Door 2 Weekly Letter September 1, 2017

Dear Parents of Gold Door 2 Students:

It’s incredible how fast the time’s going. We are already ending our second week of school, and it has been great! First we would like to welcome Kai Guerra to our class. We are very happy to have him in Gold Door. This past week we have been getting to know each other a little bit more. We have been learning about our class routine and classroom rules. We talked about patterns and will continue talking about them. We also learned about graphing and how important it is to find out what we like the most and what we like the least. In Circle Time we start with the attendance, then we sing our morning songs, we do our calendar were we learn the month, the letter that month starts with, the sound of the letter, then the numbers. We also practice the days of the week and that there are 7 days in a week.

For soccer this week we were lucky that it did not rain, (like last week), and we were able to go outside for the class. Coach Darryl did an obstacle course with the children. They jumped through the rungs of a rope ladder, ran in and out of colored cones and climbed on a stack of boards and jumped off it. They had so much fun! Hope you were able to check out the pictures sent in Life Cubby.

In Art this week we practiced some cutting skills. They also traced the first letter of their name and decorated them with mosaic squares. Our graphing topic of the week was “How many letters are in your name?”. Each child came up and I wrote his/her name on the board. Then we all counted the letters in the names and graphed them.

In Music class, Mr. Brandon played a new song on his ukulele with them, “The Dinosaur Song” which they loved. They also danced the freeze dance to the gummy bear song and had a blast.

We’re going to start the “student of the week” next Monday, 9/11/17. Every two weeks I’ll announce a student’s name and that child will be bringing a decorated poster with pictures (of themselves/baby pictures/family/friends/pets etc.) They will then present their poster to the class and talk about it during Circle Time. The first student of the week will be announced in next Friday’s letter.

Reminders:

Monday, September 4, 2017 the school will be closed in observance of Labor Day.

Correction on the class email I sent last week. The email address is: goldvpk@gmail.com. Apologies for that.

Teacher Tips: Pencil grip is one of those things that is really hard to re-teach if kids initially learn it incorrectly. Though every child will end up settling on a pencil grip that works best for him or her, introducing the standard “tripod” grasp (pinching with thumb and index finger while resting on middle finger) is a good place to start.

Have a fantastic and safe long weekend!
Ms. Nadia