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July 1, 2012 Preschool Newsletter
July 1, 2012 Preschool Newsletter
We began last week by making and stuffing paper fish to hang in the classroom. Right away one of the children wanted to make their own fishing pole at the mention of the word "fish", and soon everyone was joining in. Fishing poles were being fashioned out of paper towel holders, yarn and pipe cleaners (the latter being the hooks). Imaginary fish were caught both inside and outside the classroom along with other inanimate objects. By using the children's input to expand on a theme they are enriching their experience and feeling more empowered to make their own decisions. This is what we call emergent curriculum and it creates enthusiasm and joy in learning.
On Tuesday the children were busy making a beach scene and sea stars out of multicolored sand and glue. Come and look at some of their work being displayed in the classroom and on the windows and ceiling! We filled our sensory table with water and rubber sea creatures ... much time was spent there and inevitably people got wet! These activities continued throughout the week, including outdoor water play and building rivers in the sandbox.
On Thursday we learned a new song, "Baby Beluga" while reading the book. There were lots of interesting books about the sea and what lives in it. "Mister Seahorse" taught us about how some daddy fish take care of their young. At the end of the week we made sea creature cut- out cookies and they were yummy!
We will wind up our beach/ocean theme next week with another walk to Indian Island (weather permitting). Tuesday is the lowest tide and we plan to depart at 10 am.
If your child does not ordinarily come on that day you may accompany us or meet us there. It should be another fun trip.
Teacher Linda will be out of the classroom next week as she is going to Alaska with her family for a vacation. She will have many interesting things to share with us when she returns. Teacher Emma will fill in for her. Also, Teacher Jenny will be off-island on Friday and Teacher Pim will substitute for her.
We'll focus next week on boats and there are lots of possibilities from rowboats to ocean liners and more! We'll definitely sing "Row, row, row your boat" while learning to sign it while we sing. We'll practice our other new songs as well. Maybe your child is singing some of these songs at home.
Remember that we are closed this Wednesday for Independence Day. Have a happy 4th of July! Also, Children's House is participating in the July Parade on Saturday, the 7th. This signals the final day of voting for the Honorary Mayor of Eastsound fundraiser. Many of the candidates will be joining us. A sign in the hallway of the preschool tells all the details or ask any teacher. This is a fun-filled event! Please participate with your children and support our school.
Thank you for bringing your children to Children's House. They are wonderful!
Jenny, Emilie, Linda and Emma
Quote of the week: Ava, "I can hear your mind laughing!"
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