Weekly Letters From Red Door

Red Door Weekly Letter December 8, 2017

Dear Parents,

This week, the spirit of the holidays filled our classroom with many songs and art. Next week and the following, we will continue to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

We had a lot of fun listening to songs such as Jingle Bells, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Feliz Navidad, and El Burrito Sabanero during Circle Time and also during Music Class with Mr. Brandon.

For Art, the children all give a hand to make a beautiful Christmas tree making handprints and fingerprints.

Our playground times are really great. We can see the children playing more together: crawling under the tunnel, running and chasing each other, having good laughs in the little house and playing peek a boo, chasing and popping the bubbles and holding hands to play “ring around the Rosie”.

Very important reminder: We really need your help to keep track of your children’s belongings. Lately, we have some little tricksters who like to take things from one cubby to another. So it is VERY IMPORTANT to label all your child’s belonging:
- Sippie cups: replace the labels when missing or write with a sharpie your child’s first and last name.
- Write name or initial on uniforms, change of clothes, pacifier, blanket.

Also if you have bought a school jacket, please check it as we are missing the one from Diion. We have also 2 jackets in the classroom that we don’t know to whom they belong.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Murielle, Mrs. Mireya, Mrs. Luz and Mrs. Zamira

 

Red Door Weekly Letter December 1, 2017

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a wonderful Thansgiving day with your family and we want to thank you for the delicious meal you provided for our class during our Thanksgiving feast.

We were thrilled to welcome 2 new friends: Caliyah and Semaj (both 14 months and adorable). Noah and Evangeline have made their transition to Yellow Door without problem.

“Counting is fun” was our topic for this week. The children had various opportunities “to count” during the activities of the day. During Circle Time, we sang “The Ants Are Marching One By One”, “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe”, “5 Little Ducks” and “This Old Man” and we practiced counting with our fingers. The favorite counting activity was when we counted the blocks we stacked to make a tower until they fell down. Well, we couldn’t count that far as you know, they loved to make the tower fall! We made also a little game such as counting until 3 to do an action; for example, 1, 2, 3, Run, I’m going to catch you! 1,2,3, slide! We also counted the steps they climb to go on the slide.

For art, they did 5 handprints and the next day they pasted 1 sticker on the first hand, 2 stickers on the second hand, etc.

This week, we started – with our oldest children practicing how to drink from a cup. To our astonishment, they did very well and managed not to spill the water!

Please review notes below about early mathematics!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Murielle, Mrs.Mireya, Mrs. Luz & Mrs. Zamira

A word about early mathematics: Children develop math concepts and skills very early in life. From the moment they are born, babies begin to form ideas about math through every day experiences and, most important, through interactions with trusted adults. Language—how we talk with infants and toddlers about math ideas like more, empty, and full—matters. Math is everywhere! We use basic math language all the time, without realizing it. For example, when we separate clothes by color, we’re using the math sorting and classifying. When we keep score during a game and determine how much our team is ahead or behind (number and concepts of operations), or give someone directions to get from one place to another (spatial relationships)—that’s math. We constantly use comparison words (measurement) such as big and little and use patterns to explain the order of daily routines and activities (“We brush our teeth after breakfast”). With our children, we play games and sing songs that use numbers and counting (such as ”One, Two, Buckle My Shoe”). Even without our support, infants and toddlers use math concepts to make sense of their world. For example, infants signal when they want more food. “More” is one of the first math concepts understood by children. Babies tell us—often dramatically—that they know the difference between familiar and unfamiliar adults (sorting and classifying). Toddlers try to climb into boxes of various sizes (spatial relationships) and say words and phrases from familiar stories or songs that use repetition (patterns). We can make the math that occurs in daily life visible to children through math talk. Each day offers us countless opportunities to help children deepen their understanding of math concepts. The more we talk math, the better chance infants and toddlers have to build a positive attitude toward math learning and learning in general.

1. Number and operations—understanding the concept of number, quantity, order, ways of representing numbers, and counting.

“You have two eyes, and so does your bear. Let’s count:–1, 2.”

“That’s the third time I’ve heard you say mama. You’ve said mama three times!”

2. Shapes and spatial relationships (geometry)—recognizing and naming shapes, understanding the physical relationship between yourself and other objects and the relationships between objects.

“Look, Jason went under the climber and Aliyah is on top!”

“Some of the crackers we have today are square, and some are round.”

3. Measurement—size, weight, quantity, volume, and time.

“Moving that chair is hard. It’s heavy.”

“Your nap lasted a long time today!”

4. Patterns, relationships, and change—recognizing (seeing the relationships that make up a pattern) and/or creating repetitions of objects, events, colors, lines, textures, and sounds; understanding that things change over time and that change can be described with math words. These are the basic building blocks of algebra!

“You have stripes on your shirt—white, blue, white, blue, white, blue.”

”Let’s clap to the beat of this song.”

“I put the blocks in the bucket; you dump them out. I put the blocks back in the bucket; you dump them out!”

5. Collecting and organizing information—gathering, sorting, classifying, and analyzing information (data) to help make sense of what is happening in the environment.

“Let’s put the big lid on the big bowl and the small lid on the small bowl.”

“Let’s put the dolls in the basket and the balls in the box.”

 

Red Door Weekly Letter November 17, 2017

Dear Parents,

We had a great week preparing for Thanksgiving! We were thankful for our 2 new friends Aiden and Kaiden. Welcome to our family!
Monday was a challenging day for our new friends but as the days passed, they felt more confortable with their new classmates and
teachers.

Our topic for this week was Thanksgiving (turkeys, Pilgrims and Indians). The children were very busy during Art time which involved a
lot of hand and foot prints, collage and coloring.

During Circle Time, we sang our morning songs and some more about turkeys (I’m A Little Turkey, Have You Ever Seen A Turkey?, Five Little
Turkeys) and about indians (1 little, 2 little, 3 little indians). We danced the turkey pokey and that was a lot of fun!

On Thursday, the children were very pleased to discover a new toy in our playground allowing them to climb a little wall or climb stairs,
to slide, to hide under the structure and to pretend to be the captain of the boat. Ahoy little maties!

Next week, on Tuesday, we will have our Thanksgiving feast at 11:30 a.m. If you didn’t sign yet to bring an item, you can still do it on
Monday and we hope you will be able to attend to share our meal with us. Due to space limitations, only 1 guest per child and due to insurance
restrictions, no siblings permitted.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Murielle, Mrs. Mireya, Mrs. Luz and Mrs. Zamira

 

Red Door Weekly Letter November 10, 2017

Dear Parents,

There is no better way to teach children with “hands on”. Our topic for this week was Garden, learning about fruit and vegetables. So, on Monday, we went to the garden and started to plant a tomato plant: we dug some soil, put it in a pot, made a hole, put the tomato plant in the hole, put more soil and watered the plant. During he week, we went several times back to the garden to take good care of our plants watering them. The children really enjoyed going to the garden. During lunch, we talked about what kind of fruits (banana, pineapples, apples, berries) or vegetables (corn, green beans, carrots) we ate.

For art we did the following project: the children painted half paper in brown and the following day they pasted 3 carrots and made a handprint. They also colored a paper with a brown crayon to make a cornucopia.

We are very proud of our children, they are now able to brush their teeth by themselves. We used to help them individually and explained them how to brush “up like the grass, down like the rain, side to side like a choo choo train”. Now, they sit down gently on the carpet and started to brush their teeth.

Finally, we were very happy to welcome an adorable 14 month girl, Rylee, from Green Door.

Have a great long weekend!

Mrs. Murielle, Mrs. Mireya, Mrs. Luz & Mrs. Zamira

 

Red Door Weekly Letter November 3, 2017

Dear Parents,

What a great, fun and exiting week we had! Our Halloween Happening was a real success. Our Superman, Batman, Spiderman, pumpkin, Princess, Woody(s), Minnie, biker, and Kangoroo were absolutely cute. A big thank you to all the Moms who were able to come and help during the parade making our treat or trick walk in the shopping center easier for everybody. After the parade, we had a little Circle Time, followed by Music and Movement. The children could listen and dance on special Halloween songs such as Beetlejuice, Thriller, Monster Mash, the Adams Family and Ghostbuster.

Our last Halloween related topic was “Owl” and the color brown. During Circle Time, we sang songs about owls and practiced making the owl’s sound “whoo, whoo”.

For Art activity, the children made an owl hand print in their journal, they made a owl mask and a ghost on Halloween day.

Our playground time was wonderful as the weather is now so perfect, not too hot, not too cold. The children enjoyed playing with sand, playing with plastic balls, swinging, running (being chased by their teachers) and holding hands while playing ring around the rosie.

Important Reminder : Please take some time during the weekend to correctly label your child’s sippie cups: look for any missing labels or write with a sharpie their first and last name on the lid and on the bottle. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Murielle, Mrs. Mireya, Mrs. Luz & Mrs. Zamira

 

Red Door Weekly Letter October 27, 2017

Dear Parents,

We have completed this second week doing more adorable and spooky Halloween art projects that we have displayed around the classroom.

We focused on the color orange and pumpkins. The children decorated a pumpkin shape with do a dot markers and then pasted orange tissue papers. They also painted a hard paper in orange using a sponge and then pasted different shapes to make a Jack O Lantern. Finally, they decorated a bag for next week event.

Circle Time was great again. Almost all the children sat in a circle and we sang the “Good Morning” song. They take turns shaking the egg shaker instrument and passing it to each other. They enjoyed all the songs until the end. During music class, they love listening to Mr. Brandon’s songs: The Wheels On The Bus, This Old Man, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Old Mac Donald. This week, they discovered a new song for dancing: “Beep Beep, I’m a Sheep” but “Gummy Bear” stays the favorite one. As soon as they hear the first lyrics, they are all up and start to form pair or trio to dance!

Next week, on Tuesday, we will have our Halloween Happening Event, including the parade in our shopping mall, story time, music and movement and art. The parade will start at 9:00 am sharp and should take around 15 minutes to collect hallowing trinkets. If you want your child to participate, don’t be late! Parent volunteers are encouraged to come!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Murielle, Mrs. Mireya, Mrs. Luz and Mrs. Zamira