Weekly Letters From Yellow Door

Yellow Door Weekly Letter August 11, 2017

Dear Parents of Yellow Door,

This week on our trip around the world, we stopped in beautiful France! The children made the French flag using red and blue crayons and white construction paper. Since France is a city that encourages creativity we had the children do free art projects motivating them to think of their families while they were drawing. Activities like these promote the use of their imagination and enhance their fine motor skills.

During our Circle Time, we had the children view France’s scenery and learn different French greetings such as “bonjour” which means “hello”. We also showed them different famous paintings held in the Louvre Museum in Paris, like the Mona Lisa. We also had story time, revisiting our favorites and introducing “Rumble In The Jungle”.

Soccer class had a bit of a hiccup due to the rain, but we managed and had soccer right outside the school. The children enjoyed playing “River Bank” with the coach. The kids stand in a line, which is the river, and the coach would instruct the kids to jump on either side of the line, which would be the bank or the lake. The children also had their last water play on Friday and had so much fun! With the last water play, it truly feels like summer is coming to a close.

Have a safe and relaxing weekend!

Your Teachers from Yellow Door,
Mrs. Madelayne, Ms. Gigi, and Ms. Ashley

 

Yellow Door Weekly Letter August 4, 2017

Dear Parents of Yellow Door,

This week we welcomed two new students that journeyed with us to India on our trip around the world! The children made the Indian flag using white construction paper and orange, green, and black crayons. The flags can be seen outside our classroom for our lovely parents to see. The children also attempted to make symmetrical paintings similar to those in India and it was lots of fun! Getting hands on with paint is always a joy for the children. The activities this week helped refine the children’s fine motor skills, creativity, and imagination.

During Circle Time the children learned about Indian culture, particularly the music. “Filmi” is what you may hear on Hollywood movies so they listened to that genre and enjoyed the exotic sounds of different instruments and danced. We also read our favorite stories and introduced “The Three Little Pigs”.

During soccer class, the children played Cookie Monster with the coach again and they each took turns kicking the ball into the goal. Friday, the kids favorite day, was water play and the children had fun pretending to be mermaids and mermen.

Have an amazing weekend!

Your Teachers from Yellow Door,
Mrs. Madelayne and Ms. Ashley

 

Yellow Door Weekly Letter July 28, 2017

Dear Parents of Yellow Door Students,

This week, our stop in our trip around the world was none other than the beautiful country of Japan! The children made the Japanese flag using white construction paper and red paint. They also created their own original and traditional hand-fan using dot-a-dot markers on white construction paper, which the teachers helped to fold. The also created the famous Japanese Cherry Blossom tree using crayons and dot-a-dot markers. All these projects were put on display inside and outside the classroom and we’re so happy the children had fun making them. The use of creativity and imagination is important to them as is their fine motor skills. It improves their writing and coloring!

During Circle Time, the children danced to traditional Japanese music called nogaku. This music is used in kabuki theater productions and the children thoroughly enjoyed the unique sounding music. We also re-read some of our favorite stories and introduced “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.

During soccer class, the coach had the kids play Cookie Monster once again. The kids love running around! They also learned how to kick the ball and score a goal. Friday was water play and, needless to say but, the kids had a blast stomping on the sprinklers and splashing each other in the water!

Have a beautiful and safe weekend!

Sincerely,

Your Yellow Door Teachers,
Mrs. Madelayne, Mrs. Dunia, and Ms. Ashley

 

Yellow Door Weekly Letter July 21, 2017

Dear Parents of Yellow Door Students,

This week, Mrs. Madelayne came back to Yellow Door and the children were more than happy to welcome her back!

This week our stop in our trip around the world was the beautiful country of Colombia! The children made the Colombian flag twice in different ways. The materials that were used for the first flag were white construction paper, and previously cut horizontal strips of yellow, blue, and red construction paper to paste with glue to make their flags. The second flag was made using white construction paper and yellow, blue and red paint to paint the colors of flag onto the white construction paper. The children also made sombreros made from the outer edge of paper plates and small paper bowls. They painted the paper plates black and decorated the bowl with stickers to make their sombreros unique. This week we also had free art and played with play doh. These activities help the children use their imagination and creativity along with helping with their fine motor skills because they are building strength in their hands which is important for writing and coloring!

During Circle Time we listened and danced to a few Spanish songs since it is the main language in Colombia. We also read the our favorites stories, “Bear Brown, Brown Bear, What Do You See.”, “Pete The Cat and His Groovy Buttons”, and “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” “Pete the Cat and his White Shoes” and introduced “Llama Llama Red Pajama.”

During soccer class, the coach had the children play “Cookie Monster” again, which was truly thrilling for the kids! On Friday, the students also enjoyed another exciting “Water Play” day. They had a lot of fun getting to jump and run on the sprinklers!

Have a beautiful and safe weekend!

Sincerely,

Your Yellow Door Teachers,
Mrs. Madelayne, Mrs. Dunia, & Ms. Ashley

 

Yellow Door Weekly Letter July 14, 2017

Dear Parents of Yellow Door Students,

This week was Mrs. Angie’s last week helping us in Yellow Door. Next week Mrs. Madelayne will be back and we are very excited to welcome her back after her vacation. We also had Ms. Ashley helping us in the morning.

This week our trip around the world landed us in Cuba! The children made the Cuban flag. The materials that were used were white construction paper, red and blue crayons and a small previously cut white star to paste with glue on their flags. The children also made a palm tree using brown crayons and green do a dot paint. We showed the children pictures of a palm tree and then encouraged them to make their own palm tree on construction paper. This week we also had free art and played with play dough. These activities help the children use their imagination and creativity along with helping with their fine motor skills because they are building strength in their hands which is important for writing and coloring!

During circle time we listened and danced to a few Spanish songs since it is the main language in Cuba. We also read the our favorites stories, “Bear Brown, Brown Bear, What Do You See.”, “Pete The Cat and His Groovy Buttons”, and. “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” but also introduced “Pete the Cat and his White Shoes.”

During soccer class, Coach Eric made a huge obstacle course allowing the children to jump over small hurdles, running over small rings on the ground, and stepping on and off small steps. On Friday, the students also enjoyed “Water Play”. They had a lot of fun running and jumping through the sprinklers!

Have a wonderful weekend with your family!

Sincerely,

Your Yellow Door Teachers,
Mrs. Angie, Mrs. Dunia, & Ms. Ashley

 

Yellow Door Weekly Letter July 7, 2017

Dear Parents of Yellow Door Students,

This week we are wishing Mrs. Madelayne a great summer vacation! She will be back in two weeks. In her place we have Mrs. Angie helping us in Yellow Door.

This week our trip around the world brought us to the United States of America! The children made the United States flag. They used a white sheet of construction paper and ripped blue tissue paper to make the square on the flag and pasted red strips of construction paper on the flag. The children also made fireworks on a black sheet of construction paper. To make this they used glue and spread it all over the paper and then sprinkled glitter to resemble the fireworks in the night sky. For our last art project the children made a wreath. The children colored a small paper plate in red and blue and then pasted red, white, and blue stars all around it.

Some of the books that we read this week during Circle Time were “Bear Brown, Brown Bear, What Do You See.”, “Pete The Cat and His Groovy Buttons”, and. “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”.

This week a new toy was added in the playground! The new toy is a balance beam. The children have been practicing how to maintain their balance on it while walking across the beam. During soccer class the children played a game called “Cookie Monster.” The objective of the game is for the children to run to the opposite side of the field without being caught by the “Cookie Monster”, the coach. On Friday, the students also enjoyed “Water Play”. They had a lot of fun running and jumping through the sprinklers!

Have a wonderful weekend with your family!

Sincerely,

Your Yellow Door Teachers,
Mrs. Angie, Mrs. Dunia, & Mrs. Paulina