Thursday, June 3, 2021

June 1 - June 4

 

I Did Nothing Today
Author Unknown

When children come home at the end of the day, 
The question they're asked as they run out to play
Is "Tell me what did you do today?" 
And the answer they give makes you sigh with dismay.
"Nothing, I did nothing today!"
Perhaps "Nothing" means that I read a book,
.......with a teacher I got to cook.
Maybe I painted a picture of blue,
Or heard a story about a mouse that flew.
Maybe I wrote my name by myself,
Or found a giant book on the library shelf.
Maybe I helped a friend today,
Or went to my favorite area alone, 
Maybe today was the very first time
That my scissors followed a very straight line,
Maybe I sang a song right to the end,
Or worked with a special brand new friend.
When you're three, four, or five your heart has wings
And "Nothing" can mean so many things.

πŸ’š Ms. Webb and I would like to thank you for allowing us to be part of your Child's "Nothing".  In a year that was uncertain at times we sure did a lot of "Nothing." We feel so blessed to be able to be a small part of their livesπŸ’š

Our kindness tree continues to bloom!



Image result for hello summer clip art
Fun things to do this summer! 

  • Read, Read, Read!
  • Invite friends for play dates.
  • Attend story time at the library.
  • Pick flowers.
  • Make ice cream.
  • Make play dough.
  • Go to a children's museum.
  • Blow bubbles.
  • Visit the beach.
  • Play in the sprinkler.
  • Make s'mores.
  • Have a family picnic.
  • Play hide and seek.
  • Feed the ducks.
  • Go on a bike ride.
  • Cook together.
  • Plant.
  • Enjoy a walk.
  • Paint outside.
  • Wash the car.
  • Have a tea party.
  • Have a dance party.
  • Make popsicles.
  • See if you can find letters or numbers when driving in the car.
  • Practice writing your name in the dirt, sand, or shaving cream.
  • Play! Play! Play!




  • Please make sure your children are in comfortable play clothes and sneakers on Monday and Tuesday. We will be outside most of the morning for field day and fun day! Please put sunscreen on your child before he/she comes to school.

  • We will be sending home student materials, mats, and rest towels next week. Please make sure to empty your child’s backpack every night.

  • The last day of school is Wednesday, June 9th.  This will be a noon dismissal for all students. There will be NO HCA PLUS.


Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 27, 2021

May 24th- 28th


We had a special treat this week from our friends in Kindergarten!
Nursery 3 students were paired up with a Kindergarten student and enjoyed a story.  This collaborative activity gives Kindergartners reading practice time while modeling for our younger students the fun that is to come!









You can watch videos of the kindergartners reading to their friends on Mrs. DeBardino's blog here.
They are awesome readers!



Water beads are one of our favorite sensory table activities!
Water beads promote learning and development in fine motor, coordination, exploration, sensory and creativity skills.  Water beads also introduce children to the scientific concept of absorption as the beads grow larger as they absorb the water.




Please send your child to school each day with a filled water bottle.  We will refill if needed.


  • There will be no school Friday, May 28th and Monday, May 31st in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, June 1st.

  • Please fill out the Diversity and Inclusion Survey  if you have not done so already.

  • Please send in your leaf for the school-wide Family of Families Project if you have not done so already

  • The last day of school is Wednesday, June 9th.  This will be a noon dismissal for all students. There will be NO HCA PLUS.

 

Friday, May 21, 2021

May 17th - 21st



We have been busy practicing for our Early Childhood celebration!
We are really having fun learning and singing the songs and can not wait for you to see the video.  You may even have heard your child singing the songs at home. 
More information to follow:-)

 

Sunshine days


"I am sunbathing!" - Amelia


 


Process Art - Painting with ice cubes!






Our kindness tree is blooming!





Reminders:


Friday, May 14, 2021

May 10th - May 14th




This week we did some process art.  Process art is open ended, experiential, unstructured, self-motivated, creative and unique.  It focuses on the creative process, or the doing, rather than the outcome.

 It is through the doing that children learn: problem solving, experimentation, expression, scientific thinking, mathematical understanding and language development.

Children gain confidence when they create something based off of their own ideas.

The children used tissue paper, a paint brush and water to create their own collage. They were so excited to see how the colors bled together to create their picture.



Thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Myers (Max's mom & dad) for being this week's Mystery Reader. πŸ’—πŸ“–


We loved hearing about Golly Gump and his adventures!





A fist bump for conflict resolution!

An important social skill that children in Nursery 3 begin to learn is the ability too successfully resolve a conflict.  When parents and teachers nurture the development of conflict resolution skills, we provide the children with the ability to resolve situations before they get out of control.  Learning steps in problem solving allow a child to control emotions, identify a problem, and work out a problem/come up with a solution.

We can help children by:
  • Help them to verbalize their feelings. 
  • Model behavior: children are always watching!   Provide a good model of problem solving.
  • Read stories with conflict resolution to your child.
    • The Bad Seed by Jory John
    • Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
    • The Boy with BIG, BIG Feelings by Britney Winn Lee
    • Ruby finds a worry by Tom Percival
    • The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
    • What if everybody did that? by Ellen Javernick
  • Praise them when a conflict is independently resolved



Kindness Grows Here

The Early Childhood Division has begun a Kindness tree.
Children earn hearts on the tree by getting "caught" doing random acts of kindness.
I will be posting pictures each week so you can see our tree bloom. 



Reminders:
  • There will be no school on Friday, May 28th and Monday, May 31st in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

  • The last day of school is Wednesday, June 9th.  This will be a noon dismissal for all students. There will be NO HCA PLUS.

  • A reminder to please complete the Diversity and Inclusion survey as soon as possible. Click here for the link.

  • Don’t forget to send in your family leaf for the Family Leaf project.

  • Please refer to the Happenings for updates on upcoming school wide events.


Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 7, 2021

May 3rd - 7th

 


Thank you again for the breakfast surprise this week!

And most importantly, thank you for sharing your children with me. πŸ’š



I love my Mommy because...........

  • Hali - she plays with me.
  • Amelia - she says "squeeze the toothpaste" when we hug.
  • Vienna - I just love her so much!
  • Johnny - she makes yummy mac & cheese.
  • AJ- she is a good dancer.
  • Teigen - she always takes good care of me.
  • Otis - she gives me lots of hugs & kisses.
  • Connor - she buys me trains that chug.
  • Dmitri - she is so nice.
  • Max - I just do.
  • Derek - she has pretty hair.
  • Gavin - she gives good hugs.



Thank you to our mystery readers this week!  The children love seeing you on ZOOM and really have enjoyed the story choices so far.❤


AJ's Mom


Gavin's Dad


Connor's Mom



To the Moms, I hope that you have a wonderful Mother's Day!




Friday, April 30, 2021

April 26 - 30


We ended our Earth Week celebration with a litter walk around our community.




😍Ms. Webb!!! We know her!!!!!😍




We learned about the Ocean and the animals that live there.

We searched our water bead tub for animals that we might find under the sea!
Amelia found a fish.

Derek found a penguin.

Otis found a dolphin.

Teigen found a shark.

Max found an octopus.

Hali found a seal.

Dmitri found a hammerhead shark.

Johnny found a star fish.


Did you know that there are five layers of the ocean?
They are the trenches, the abyss,the midnight zone, the twilight zone and the sunlight zone.

We made our own layers of the ocean in a jar. 
Trenches - corn syrup
Abyss - dish soap
Midnight - water dyed green
Twilight - vegetable oil dyed blue
Sunlight - rubbing alcohol dyed light blue






We also learned about what animals you may find in these ocean zones.

Trenches - tube worms or sea cucumbers
Abyss - black swallower fish or angler fish
Midnight - viper fish, sea star or an octopus
Twilight - crab, squid or a cat shark
Sunlight - dolphin, whale, jelly fish or a turtle




✐Montessori Work Period✐

Max is working on matching the letter sounds SMAT.

Gavin is working with the INSTA-learn board.

Teigen is sorting by color.

Dmitri is sorting by color.

AJ is matching numbers 0-10.

Derek is sorting by coloring using tweezers to strengthen his pincer grasp.

Otis and Amelia are finding middle vowel sounds.

Connor is using the circle metal inset.




πŸ“– A great big THANK YOU to our mystery readers this week: Mrs. Andrews (Johnny) and Mrs. Frank (Derek)!!!!!!!!πŸ“–


Mrs. Andrews and Mama


Mrs. Frank reading to the class.



-Please pack two napkins and a utensil (if needed) in your child's lunch
-If you would like to be a Mystery Reader please let me know ASAP

June 1 - June 4

  I Did Nothing Today Author Unknown When children come home at the end of the day,  The question they're asked as they run out to play ...