3AG: 4-year-olds MWF mornings
Welcome to the Forest Room Fours Program!
We would like to welcome you to Montecito Preschool, 3AM Forrest 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 your child's 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 3AM Forest Room Teachers
3AG Daily Schedule:
Themes: Our theme for the first 2 weeks of school was All About Me, My Family and School and Friends. ALL FUTURE THEMES ARE ON OUR WEBSITE UNDER "SCHOOL CALENDAR," SO PLEASE REFER TO THAT LINK FOR OUR ONGOING THEMES.
Curriculum for Week of September 29th 2014
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 6." The children sorted acorns on the number mat and glued acorns and squirrels to review the numbers. They also made squirrel and acorn patterns. The letter of the week last week was the letter "G." We will explore what things begin with the letter "G" as well as enjoy sharing with items that begin with the letter "G."
The week of October 13th our theme is "Pumpkins.” We will be learning about all kinds and sizes of pumpkins.
1) Evacuation Drills: Our Annual Evacuation Drill will happen this Friday on October 17, 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 Friday, October 31st starting at 10 am (more info will be sent home as date approaches)
Get involved in the classroom! We invite you to sign up to make playdough, and to come in to share your family's culture. You might like to read a book with the children or bring items to share from your family's traditions. We also have the Star of the Week program in the fours. When a child is Star of the Week, the parents may come into the classroom to help the child talk about his/her picture collage, read books, do a special project with the children, and/or share their family culture or hobbies.
Sharing: Every Friday, the children bring something for sharing according to the letter of the week for show and tell. However, it is fine if your child wants to bring something else not related to the letter of the week. We encourage all children to bring something to sheare that they can talk about with their friends in small groups. This is a way to develop social as well as verbal skills.
Birthdays: Birthdays are a special day for each child in our class. If you have something that you would like to share with our class (e.g., reading some of your child’s favorite books or doing special crafts) you are welcome to share these activities during your child's classroom birthday celebration. Please let us know in advance, at least one week before your child's classroom birthday, so we can make proper changes to that day's class schedule.
If you wish to bring a special treat (e.g., fruit or cupcakes), please tell us in advance and show us the ingredients or the label for your special snack. On your child's birthday day, you can drop off the snack at the drop-off time and come back later at the circle time to read books. We have “open snack” in our class from 9:15-10am.
For those children whose birthdays are in the summer, if you wish, you can choose the date during the school year on which you want to celebrate it. If not, we will celebrate all the summer birthdays in April or May.
"Star of the Week" Dates for our class this year:
September 22nd-26th -- Lockdown drill on 9/24 (no Star of the Week)
September 29th-October 3rd -- Liam Craig
October 13th-17th -- Evacuation drill on October 17th (no Star fo the Week)
October 20th-24th -- Jimmy Swanson
November 3rd-7th -- Gabriel Kuo
November 10th-14th -- Graham Smith
HOLIDAY PHOTOS ON NOVEMBER 10TH
November 17th-21st -- Riley McPherson
December 1st-5th -- Isabella Rossi
February 2nd-6th -- sophia DeVault
March 9th-13th -- Joshua Williams
March 23rd-27th -- Sophia Liu
March 30th-April 3rd -- Jack Hobin
April 13th-17th -- Lockdon drill on April 15th (no Star of the Week)
May 4th-8th -- Dylan Enck
May 18th-22nd -- Aleyna Sweet