Weekly Letters From Rainbow Door

Rainbow Weekly Letter May 26, 2017

Dear Parents,

Last week the children loved talking about the ocean and they enjoyed the topic so much that this week we decided to continue with the “Under the Sea” theme. This week I talked about the five oceans Atlantic, Pacific, Southern, Arctic and Indian. Afterwards I went into detail about the layers of the ocean and which animals/plants live there. In the surface area known as the sunlight zone live the jelly fish, turtles, dolphins, and blue whales. The second layer is the twilight zone were a lot of bio-luminescent (glowing) creatures stay there. Deeper down into the midnight zone the only visible light is from creatures. The abyss zone is near freezing water and has no light at all and only a very few creatures live there. The deepest parts of the ocean are mostly just trenches and canyons. We watched a short video in which the children saw the different parts of the ocean and the animals that live in there. We also read a story about the creature’s homes (habitats) the “coral reefs”. Some other books we read “Gilbert The Hero”, and “Amazing Sharks”.

In art this week the children made crabs at the beach with their hand prints using red paint. They also made jelly fish by coloring paper plates with crayons and attaching ribbons for the tentacles.

In enrichment this week:
Soccer: In soccer along with the obstacle course and free play with the ball, Coach Eric played a new game with them “The Sleeping Giant”. He put all the balls in a corner and pretended to sleep while ” guarding” the balls. The children had to come one by one quietly and get all the balls back without waking up the giant. They had so much fun!
Cooking : The children made “the ocean” using blue jello and gummy fish. They learned about hot and cold as we mixed the blue gelatin in hot water and mixed it to dissolve it and then added some cold water. We poured it in transparent cups and added the fish gummies. Then we put it in the refrigerator to let it set. It looked like fish swimming in the water and tasted delicious.
Music : Mr. Brandon brought his ukulele and they sang the ABC’s, Wheels On The Bus and The Itsy Bitsy Spider. He also brought the sound shapes which the children love so much. Each child got to play with their own sound shapes and they played it in different patterns and beats. They had a blast !!

Reminder: Monday, May 29th, 2017 school will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Quote of the week: “Treat a child as though he already is the person he’s capable of becoming.” Dr. Haim Ginott

Hope you enjoy the long weekend with your families!

Ms. Nadia and Ms. Luz.

 

Rainbow Door Weekly Letter May 19, 2017

Dear Parents,

This week our topic was about the Ocean. During Circle Time, we went over lots of awesome facts and information. They children learned that oceans are a large surface of salty water whereas rivers and ponds are freshwater. We had a lot of fun learning about what kinds of creatures and plants live in the ocean. The children already knew a lot about the name of animals living in the ocean such as the jelly fish, turtles, dolphins, and blue whales, sea horses, starfish, and much more. Some interesting facts we learned this week: The blue whale is the worlds largest mammal. Dolphins are very fast swimmers. Sharks have powerful jaws. Most sharks are not dangerous. Fish live in water and breathe through gills. Octopuses and squid move by squirting water. They also enjoyed singing the song “Slippery Fish” from Charlotte Diamond. Books we read this week: Tickley Octopus, The Shark Who Was Afraid Of Everything, and Clumsy Crab.

In enrichment this week :

In art this week the children colored the construction paper with blue and green color and cut and pasted pictures of the sea creatures to make the ocean. They also painted paper plates to make bright and colorful fishes. In soccer this week coach Eric continued with different soccer skills like running with the ball in and out of the cones and they also played the game “Traffic Lights”. During Spanish, Ms. Luz talked about the ocean and the names of the sea animals in Spanish. In music Mr. Brandon brought his guitar and sang song with them. He also showed the children how he tunes his guitar and what it means to tune a guitar. He played the guitar before and after tuning it so the children could hear the difference.

Parenting Tip:
Helping with Temper Tantrums – Be consistent with your expectations. Aldort says that parents often overlook a certain behavior in the hope that it will pass. But guess what?” she says. “It doesn’t pass.” If your child bites another child, for instance, you should hold her arm and tell her that the behavior is not acceptable. If she continues, then it is time to remove her from the situation. Sometimes a child might try to test the limits by arguing with the rules. When this happens, Fay suggests neutralizing negotiations by repeating one simple mantra as often as necessary: “I love you too much to argue.” Give attention to the behavior you like—not the behavior you don’t. Children often act up because they want your attention, so sometimes it pays to ignore those actions you don’t want to see more of. Kersey calls this the “Rain on the grass, not on the weeds” principle. Tantrums and whining? Play deaf or walk away, and your child will quickly learn that there’s a better way to communicate. Redirect, redirect, redirect. Kids who hear “No” or “Don’t” all the time tend to tune those directives out. So, instead of telling your child what not to do, Kersey recommends instead offering a positive behavior to replace the misbehavior. For instance, a child acting up at the grocery store could be enlisted to help pick out oranges or rearrange the items in a grocery cart, or a kid running around a swimming pool might be challenged to walk “as if on marshmallows.”

Have a wonderful weekend!
Ms. Nadia and Ms. Luz

 

Rainbow Door Weekly Letter May 12, 2017

Dear Parents,

We have had a wonderful week talking about our moms. We finished all our surprises and had a blast giving them to you on Friday at our Muffins For Mom Breakfast. Thank you to all the moms who were able to make it. I hope it will be something for you to always remember. I know, as a mom, I cherish every memory of my dear children. This week, we have been preparing for Mother’s Day by making a card and lots of little surprises for our moms. I tell the children that it is a surprise to keep from mom until we finish all our projects. A surprise, not a secret because we shouldn’t keep secrets from our parents. We learned that there is several ways to say Mom, mommy, mother, mama and mami. Mommy is a special woman that takes excellent care of us.

In Enrichment this week:
Soccer: The children are loving the new soccer field are are able to do so much more now with the new grass there. This week coach Eric had a large obstacle course set up. The children jumped up and down a stack of 2 or 3 stepping boards, threw the ball forward, and zig-zaged in and out of the cones all the way to the finish.
Spanish: In Spanish Ms. Luz talked about mommy and all the special things she does for us. During story time she also talked about the concept of opposites such as big and small, long and short.
Science Lab: The children made bath salts to give as gifts for their moms. We mixed Epsom salt and baking soda, some soap and a few drops of scented oil. The children then used funnels to pour it into bottles. We hope you like it and get a chance to use it.

We want to thank the parents of Rainbow Door for sponsoring such an amazing lunch for the teachers. It was one of the best and everything was delicious!

Parenting Tip: Straying Too Much From Routines
Consistency is key for preschoolers, says pediatrician Tanya Remer. When you’re not being consistent with your routine, preschoolers get confused and may act out more or throw more temper tantrums. Altmann says, “If sometimes you let them do something and sometimes you don’t, they don’t understand.” Your child probably wants to know why last time Mommy let her play on the playground for 10 minutes when school got out but this time wants her to get in the car right away. Or why did Mommy lay down with her for 10 minutes last night while she fell asleep but now says she can’t.

Fix it: Be consistent across the board — whether it’s with discipline, sleep habits, or mealtime routines. Altmann says if your routine is consistent 90% of the time and your child is doing well, then so are you, and a minor exception may be OK.

Quote of the week: A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.
— AGATHA CHRISTIE

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend !

Ms. Nadia

 

Rainbow Door Weekly Letter May 5, 2017

Dear Parents,
This week, we have been learning about Curious Crawlers (insects and bugs). We learned that insects like ants, butterflies, beetles, grasshoppers, bees, ladybugs, etc. have 6 legs, 3 body parts (head, thorax, abdomen), 2 antennas and some have wings. Not all bugs are insects. A spider is not an insect, it is a Cephalothorax. It has 8 legs, 2 body parts and no wings. Butterflies are insects. There are 17,500 kinds of butterflies. They come in all different colors. Some have spots and some have stripes. We learned about the life cycle of a butterfly and also read our favorite book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” several times during the week. We also looked at the insects and bugs we have in our Science and Discovery Area and sorted them by their characteristics. Did you know that insects’ bodies are designed to help them live in their environment? They do not have any bones in their body but a hard covering around them called the exoskeleton. Insects’ mouths are designed specifically to access their favorite foods. Ants and caterpillars have strong jaws, like tweezers, to grip and chew their food. Butterflies and bees have a proboscis, which is a long tube, like a straw, for sucking up nectar. House flies are insects that draw liquids from food into their mouths like a sponge. Some vocabulary words the children learned throughout the week are: insects, worms, crawl, antenna, life cycle.
This week the children played soccer in the new soccer field. The new artificial grass looks amazing and the children had a blast running back and forth in the field. Please see pictures on Facebook if you haven’t already.
In music, Mr. Brandon brought some new instruments called Sound Shapes. The Sound Shape Series are pre-tuned drums that are mounted in vibrantly colored Acousticon frames. All the children got to play them and loved them. We have also been working on some projects for Mother’s Day this week. The reason that we started a week before is that so all the children will have something to proudly give to their mom at the Muffins for Mom breakfast between 7:45-9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 12th. Please come and have breakfast with your child on that day!

Reminder: Friday, May 12th is Rainbow door’s teacher appreciation lunch. A sign up sheet will be posted at the door next week.
Quote of the week:
“Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” -Haim Ginott
Have an awesome weekend !
Ms. Nadia, Ms. Luz and Ms. Helen

 

 

Rainbow Door Weekly Letter April 28, 2017

Dear Parents of Rainbow Door Students,

This week, we are talking about our families. (Mommy, daddy, brothers, sisters, grandparents ). We spoke to each child about who is in their family, how many brothers or sisters live in their house. They didn’t forget the pets! We also talked about extended families, (uncles, aunts, cousins). During Circle Time we also talked about what we like to do with our family like, going to the park, playing games, watching movies etc. Then we drew a picture to represent each member of our families. We also looked at and shared the family pictures on the family board. The children were thrilled when they had a turn to stand up in front of the class and show their family photo and to name each member of the family. Books we read this week: “What Brother/Sisters Do Best”, “Llama Llama Missing Mama”, “Are You My Mother? and “The Kissing Hand”.

In enrichments this week:

Soccer: On Monday during soccer,  along with the emphasis on their gross motor skills, Coach Eric also emphasized the children’s listening skills by playing different games that require the children to follow directions. They played games like Taxi and What Time Is It Mr. Wolf.

Spanish: Ms. Luz talked about the family and introduced words like “mama, papa, hermanos, tios, tias, primos, abuelos y abuelas”. They also learned about the letter F for family and “familia”, as well as other words. The children have a blast in Spanish class.

Music: On Friday, Mr. Brandon brought his guitar and the children sang their favorite songs. He also introduced the musical notes to the children. He explained how musical notes are like the letters and each note has a specific sound. The kids were fascinated by it and they also got a chance to read the notes themselves.

Muffins With Mom will be on May 12th.

Quote of the week:

“Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. ”

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Nadia, Ms. Luz, and Ms. Helen

 

 

Rainbow Door Weekly Letter April 21, 2017

Dear Parents of Rainbow Door Students,

This week, we are learning about our Planet Earth and the letter E. We learned that Earth is the 3rd planet from the sun. Land and water cover the Earth. There is more water than land. Earth has different kinds of land like: plains, hills, cliffs, mountains, etc. and different kinds of water like: rivers, lakes, oceans, etc. also, salt and fresh waters. We use natural resources from the Earth. We need them to live but we have to take care of the Earth. We can help save the Earth’s land, water and air. We can help if we do the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. We looked on the bottom of paper, plastic and glass items to see if it had a Recycling Triangle on it and yes, it did, time to recycle that item. Please teach your children at home, if you are not all ready doing so, to recycle, reuse and reduce the amounts that we already use. If we all do our parts, our Earth will be a better place for us, our children and grandchildren. We learned vocabulary words like: technology, erosion, minerals, weathering, and natural resources. We also learned words that start with the letter E, elephant, eggs, elf, eight. Books we read this week: Earth Day, Everyday, The Earth Book, and  Our House Is Round.

Enrichments:

This week in soccer Coach Eric had the children do different activities with a rope ladder. The ladder was laid on the ground and the children jumped in the squares first with both feet together, then hopped on one foot. After that they did an obstacle course, and free play with the soccer balls. We hope you had a chance to pass by and check out the renovated playground during the week. The children absolutely love it. Please see pictures on life cubby and Facebook.

In Spanish, Ms. Luz talked about the earth. The blue color represents the water and green color represents the land. We also reviewed the other colors. She also talked about family and the different family members that live with us ( Papá, mama, hermano,hermana, Abuelos ).

In music the children had a blast exploring the ” talking drum” with Mr. Brandon, along with their favourite songs on the ukulele and a dance party in the end.

For cooking this week the children added blue and green color to the cream cheese and mixed it. Then they spread some blue and some green cream cheese on a bagel to make it look like the planet earth. It looked and tasted amazing.

Quote of the week: “If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.” Dr. Haim Ginott

Have a terrific weekend!

Ms. Nadia and Ms. Luz