2AG: 3-year-olds T/Th mornings
Dear Forest/Green Room Threes Parents,
We would like to welcome you to Montecito Preschool, 2AM Forest Room for the 2014/15 school year! The teachers for this class are: Ms. Bina, Ms. Edith, Ms. Shashi, and Ms. Thanh.
Over the course of the year, we will build on sharing skills, develop social skills, support their natural desire to learn and to have new experiences, and provide opportunities to enhance their manners in a caring environment -- all while supporting their emerging autonomy. We look forward to this journey and are excited for the new school year!
Thank you for allowing us the privilege of caring for your child. We look forward to a wonderful fun-filled year of love, learning, and exploration!
The 2AM Forest Room Teachers
Themes: Our themes are listed on this website under "School Calendar." In the meantime, the following are links to our weekly curriculum, which is sent via e-mail to you each week:
Autumn is a beautiful season and our children can enjoy and learn from season inspired activities. Squirrels and nuts themed activities can be great learning experiences for our curious kids.
Our children learned about squirrels and various nuts last week. They learned that there are different colored squirrels like grey, brown, golden, and black; that squirrels have short legs since their legs are not used for running but instead jumping; that squirrels leap back and forth from branches of trees; that squirrels use their furry tail as umbrellas in the rain and blankets in the cold.
It can be a wonderful experience for you and your child to take a nature walk at the park and observe squirrels. This observation can give a chance to see that how cleverly squirrels hold seeds and nuts, and use their strong teeth to open and eat them.
Children also observed various acorns and pine cones. They reviewed the numbers “1 to 5." The children sorted acorns on the number mat and glued acorns and squirrels to review the numbers. They also bmade squirrel and acorn patterns.
The week of October 13th our theme is "Pumpkins.” We will be learning about all kinds and sizes of pumpkins.
Up Coming Events:
1) Evacuation Drills: Our Annual Evacuation Drill will happen this Thursday on October 16, 2014. By including Staff, Parents, and Children in our drills we can handle any emergency together. Your children will be in safe and trained hands. This week we will be practicing Evacuation Drill walking on the yellow ropes around our bike circle. Then on the drill day, we all will walk together to Marymeade Park.
On Evactuation Day, please be prepared to pick up your child(ren) at Marymeade Park. Pick up time will be at 11:40 to 11:50 am. Pick up is faster for everyone if people pick up from their cars and do not walk in. It is a good idea if your child is picked up by you or someone who picks up the child on a regular basis, so we can save the time on ID checking. If your child(ren) is/are staying for Lunch Bunch or Afternoon Enrichment, they will walk back to school with the teachers, or parents can pick them up at Marymeade and drop them off back at Montecito (so that the parents have practice for an actual evacuation).
We will send more information and a flyer home early this week. Drop-off times during Evacuation Drills do not change.
2) Halloween Sings: On Thursday, October 30th starting at 10 am (more info will be sent home as date approaches)
Classroom Field Trips: We have several classroom field trips planned for this year, including a train ride with Cal Train and possibly a play at the CTC. More information will be sent home as the dates get closer. Parents come with their children to these adventurous field trips. Please share with your teachers the field trips you are interested in attending with our class.
Sharing: We have in class sharing Thursday of every week. Usually sharing is not based on our weekly themes, but rather the children choose their own sharing each week based on their own interests. Each child brings his/her sharing to class in a bag and they will talk about their sharing during the large circle time. This helps children to develop language skills as they describe what they are sharing, and it builds confidence as well.
Classroom Snacks: Our classroom snack time is at 10:00 am and we all sit together outside at the lunch tables. Children help themselves and build their skills by pouring their own water and they make a choice of what they would like to eat. Most snacks we provide are fruits, veggies, crackers and cheeses (and water, rather than juice). We are aware of all allergies in this class, so we will not serve any foods that any children have allergies to. Some parents provide a special snack for their children that we will serve to them if they have severe allergies or a personal food preference. When a child has a birthday, the parents will provide a pre-approved birthday snack for the whole class to share about 1 week in advance. This way, we can read the labels to make sure we don't serve certain foods to children with food allergies. You may provide a special birthday snack for your child if you do not want your child to eat the birthday snacks available. This helps your child to feel included in our wonderful birthday celebrations!
More information about our Buddy Bear program coming soon!