Welcome to Brooklin School Pre-K!
We are learning the skills to be successful at school: Cooperation, Safety, Kindness and Independence.
We celebrated the first day of spring this week with MORE SNOW! We have certainly enjoyed "snow banking" (adventuring and practicing good balance on the snow banks) and many opportunities for outside play this week.
Please make sure your child comes to school with an extra pair of socks, snow pants, mittens, boots and inside shoes appropriate for using in the gym. As part of our spring cleaning we will be asking parents to update your child's extra clothes, since there has been some growing going on in our room!
While putting this fire engine puzzle together, we wondered if the puzzle was longer than the
students, and if
any students were longer than the puzzle.... We tested our predictions and one student was taller than the puzzle!
On the 100th day of school we made a classroom number chart, which has become a favorite activity for some of our math focused students.
We practiced patience and using encouraging words while taking turns glueing each numeral to our chart. It did take quite a long time to complete, but we have grown our attention and concentration levels considerably since the beginning of the year! Of course, this was a "challenge by choice" activity, as other centers were open to students.
Another favorite 100's activity is placing 100 gems onto a numbered chart. Students love the "jewels" and feel very proud to show us their work once they have placed all 100 gems onto the board. Of course, once all those gems are counted, they do need to go back in to the box to "get this work ready for the next friend".
With so many snow days, we will be celebrating our 100th day of school after February vacation. (Today is Pre-k's 95th day of school.) Over the vacation, I would love for students to put together a collection of 10 items: buttons, shells, pennies, pom-poms, rocks, popsicle sticks, or other items that can travel to school in either a large zip lock bag or cereal box. We will then count and combine the collections during our 100th day celebration. (If anyone has a collection of 100 items to share with the classroom, we would truly appreciate it!) We are working on counting to 10, and numeral recognition between 1-10; many of our students are counting confidently into the 20's when we do our calendar during morning meeting! We are being shape detectives by finding and naming: circles, squares, rectangles and triangles.
Wow! Well, the groundhog definitely saw its shadow on the 2nd and since then we have certainly had some wintery weather! After yesterday's snow day, it felt so disappointing to not get to play outside, but with the windchill at -7
we did not venture out into our wintery wonderland.
To celebrate Valentine's Day on Tuesday, we are inviting Pre-K students to wear their pajamas to school for a pajama party! We will make heart shaped pancakes and enjoy strawberry smoothies. Children have been making valentines for their classmates, but if your child would like to make cards at home we have 12 students. PLEASE: NO CANDY Valentine's. (Yes, I know it's Valentine's Day, but our school is a nut free school, and many candies contain traces of nuts- which creates a hazard for students with nut allergies.) If you are so inclined as to donate something delicious for our party- please consider: strawberries, blue berries, raspberries, cream cheese or jam.
Over the past week we have discussed ways to be kind to each other, and how we can practice being kind at school and at home. We have a very caring and considerate group of children, as evidenced by the brainstorm of ideas of how to be kind: by helping mom or dad, giving coats to cold people, using polite manners, helping someone zip a coat, helping someone who fell, and many more wonderful ideas too numerous to list here.
We had a great start to 2017, with all students returning well rested and excited to be at school! We ventured out to the school garden and were surprised that the fence has been taken down for the winter. We were nature detectives and discovered some left behind vegetables, and noticed some had been nibbled on. We found some deer scat- and we just knew that it was a clue to what had nibbled all the corn off the cob!
Happy New Year! I truly hope everyone has had a restful and healthy vacation! As we get back into the swing of the school schedule, please be sure your child has a change of clothes- most especially socks! Children with appropriate outdoor clothing will continue to venture outside each day that conditions are favorable. This week we will be creating our own Peace book after reading Todd Parr's book of the same name.
Winter transforms our outside areas into a magical winter wonderland that we love to explore! We will go outside everyday unless wind chill or other unfavorable conditions keep us inside. Please be sure your child comes to school with appropriate outer wear: coat, hat, mittens, snow pants, and boots; as well as inside shoes/slippers, dry socks and dry pants. Upon arrival in the morning, please encourage your child to take off their boots and put on inside shoes, as we want to keep our classroom floor clean and dry by leaving wet, snowy boots in the hallway. If you have any gently used boots (kids sizes 9-12) or snow pants (3T-6), I am happily accepting extras to have on hand. Thank you in advance.
We hung some of our home-made, nut-free bird feeders this week. This was a very popular "work" and we will continue to have supplies available for this activity.
Mark your calendars!
Thursday, December 15th Open House at 5:15 followed by winter concert at 6:00. Pre-School students will be singing
"The Mitten Song", and we will join the K-1 class to perform Jingle Bells.
Friday, December 16th Early Release. Pre-school dismissal starts at 1:15