Weekly Letters From Rainbow Door

Rainbow Door Weekly Letter June 30, 2017

Dear Parents of Rainbow Door Students;

This week the children learned about the country of Trinidad.

We began the week by talking about the colors of the flag which are red,black and white. The children colored red on white paper and then glued a stripe of black construction paper diagonally to resemble the flag of Trinidad.

Since one of the special events in Trinidad are the carnivals, we made carnival masks. We painted paper plates with do a dots, decorated them with stickers and then taped a popsicle stick to hold it while dancing to they typical music of Trinidad.

Along with all of the crafts, the children had a great time during our digital story time. We heard some stories about dinosaurs on Monday and on Wednesday we had a great time listening and watching musical stories. We saw Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Dem Bones. They loved it and look forward to their “stories on the board” like they call them. We also had soccer this week where even though it was raining and we had it under the roof at the front of the school, we had a great time playing; “On The River, On The Lake and On The Bank.” We also played “Traffic Lights and Museum.” These are great listening and following direction games where they move, stop and even practice numbers by making groups of 2,3,
4, 5 and higher numbers.

We also had a little treat this week from Mrs. Davis. On Monday and Tuesday we got to go to Hero Gym and had a blast playing, excercising and dressing up as super heroes and princesses. I posted some pictures in Life Cubby about these two days.

On the rainy afternoons the children have been doing reinforcement in the classroom. We have been working on puzzles, cutting, gluing, tracing, play doh (fine motor activities).

The children have been decorating the class for fourth of July while working on their fine motor skills.
Next week we will be learning about our country; USA. The children will be painting, cooking and doing hands on activities to celebrate the 4th of July.

Have a great and safe weekend.
Mrs.Wanda and Mrs.Luz

 

Rainbow Door Biweekly Letter June 23, 2017

Dear Parents of Rainbow Door Students;

Hello and welcome to summer camp in Rainbow dDoor. My name is Mrs.Wanda and for the next weeks until August 4th I will be working in Rainbow Door along with Mrs. Luz.

During the first week of summer camp the children at Rainbow Door were very excited while they were getting everything ready for Father’s Day. They made cards, placemats and ties for their fathers. It was really nice to see every one at “Doughnuts with Dad”. The children were very happy and were still mentioning it on Monday when they came back.

This week we began visiting the country of Panama. Even though they are too young to understand about different countries, we mentioned that is a place far away that we can get there faster by plane. We also learned about the flag and it’s colors, listened to their music and made a simple mola. The children also had fun making a mango pudding on Friday which is a typical healthy food from Panama.

The highlights of these past two weeks have been water play on Friday and the digital story time Mondays and Wednesday which they really look forward to every week.

Next two weeks we will visit Trinidad and will land on USA the week after in honor of the 4th of July holiday, (Independence Day).

Have a safe and fun weekend!

Mrs. Wanda and Mrs.Luz

 

Rainbow Door Weekly Letter June 09, 2017

Dear Parents of Rainbow Door Students,

The last day of school…. The closing of one door and the opening of another. I want to thank each and every child for all the warmth, the memories and the learning that we have shared this school year. This past year we have grown together. A little bit of each of you will always be with me.

To the parents: Thank you for allowing me to be your child’s teacher and entrusting your most precious thing, your child, to me. Thank you for sharing your pride and joy with me. I have done my best to keep them safe and happy this school year. I have enjoyed all the hugs, smiles and kind words your children have shared with me. It has been a wonderful and rewarding year for me.

It is my hope, that one day they will look back on preschool and remember me. They may not remember that I taught them the ABC’S and the numbers but it is my hope that they remember how I made them feel. I wish you all the best and trust that your child is ready and eager to move onto the next step.

Thank you so much for your end of the year gifts, it is really appreciated!

Hope you all have a wonderful and safe summer.

Ms. Nadia and Ms. Luz

 

Rainbow Door Weekly Letter June 2, 2017

Dear Parents of Rainbow Door Students,

Can you believe we are almost at the end of the school year? The year flew by so fast ! This week we have been focusing our own names and the letter that our own name starts with. We have been sounding out the sound that the letter of our own name starts with. During Circle Time all the children, one by one, said their first and last names. Most of the children knew their full names. A few of them even told us their middle names. Please continue practicing your child’s name with them, one on one. Also, practice cutting strips of papers with your child. It is important in building the small muscles in your child’s hand. Several children are still having trouble holding a pair of scissors and/or a pencil correctly. The more practice that they get, the better they will get at this. Thank you for your continue reinforcements at home. It makes for good bonding time as well.

This week the teachers have also been working on assessments for your children. They should be finished and sent to the parents by the end of next week. The children will also be taking their folders and all personal belongings (extra clothes, blankets etc) home with them next week.

Reminders: Please mark your calendars that school will be closed on June 9th for professional development.

Parenting Tip:

The “3 Fs” of Effective Parenting

Discipline should be:

Firm: Consequences should be clearly stated and then adhered to when the inappropriate behavior occurs.

Fair: The punishment should fit the crime. Also in the case of recurring behavior, consequences should be stated in advance so the child knows what to expect. Harsh punishment is not necessary. Using a simple Time Out can be effective when it is used consistently every time the behavior occurs. Also, use of reward for a period of time like part of a day or a whole day when no Time Outs or maybe only one Time Out is received.

Friendly: Use a friendly but firm communication style when letting a children know they have behaved inappropriately and let them know they will receive the “agreed upon” consequence. Encourage them to try to remember what they should do instead to avoid future consequences. Work at “catching them being good” and praise them for appropriate behavior.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Nadia

 

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