Tales of a Preschool Classroom

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Tales of a Preschool Classroom

Graceful Beginnings News, March 2016





Dear Parent(s),

Happy March! We are certainly looking forward to spring in our classroom—we need to get outside and run off some winter wiggles! Read on to find out what is going on in our classroom this month.


Just a heads up, Miss Beth will be out of school from March 1-3. Hello, Disney! 
Also, our snow day from last week will be made up Thursday, March 24, so we WILL have school on that day. Unless there is another snow day in March, there will be NO SCHOOL on Tuesday. (This is the 2nd snow make-up day for Midd-West, so if we miss another day, we will have school).
Book orders are due Thursday, March 10th. You can place your order online with our class code, GL9CJ.
Miss Beth and Miss Denise
GCCC Easter Egg Hunt

Easter is very early this year, and we would like to invite you to the annual GCCC egg hunts on Friday, March 25th ! There will be WELL over 2500 eggs at each hunt, so come join us for lots of yummy candy and prize eggs! Plus, Miss Beth will be there. How much more fun could there possibly be?  An egg hunt for younger children (5 and under) will take place at 6:30pm, and a nighttime egg hunt for kindergarteners-fifth graders will take place at 8:30 pm (bring your flashlights!). Feel free to join us between the two at 7:00 for our Good Friday service.



March Themes

March is sure to be a fun month! For the first two weeks of March, theme will be “The Alphabet”, and our fun will be centered around the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, a fun story about uppercase and lowercase letters climbing falling off a coconut tree. We will be focusing on identifying letters and sounds, matching together “daddy” (uppercase) and “baby” (lowercase letters), as well as putting letters together to form words. This means that we will also be working on RHYMING WORDS! We will be reading lots of books authored by the King of Rhyme himself, Dr. Seuss!


The third week’s theme will be Music! We will learn about different instruments, including the ones that we have on our bodies such as our hands to clap, feet to stomp, and voices to sing! We will learn about how music can sound- FORTE or piano (loud or soft), fast or slow, and high or low. We will, of course, create some music of our own as well!
Finally, the last two weeks in March will be spent learning about Easter. We will be learning about the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection and how Jesus wants to be our Friend and Savior and how even a kid can be part of God’s big story if he accepts Jesus as his Savior.
We will also be coloring Easter Eggs on Thursday, March 24th. Please send in 6 hard-boiled eggs for your child to color. We will be doing some fancy dyeing, so it will be important to for the kiddos to wear older clothes that day! Also, Egg coloring day is a great day for parents to come help in the classroom if you are available! Just let us know!

Nursery Rhyme—Once I Caught a Fish Alive

Our nursery rhyme for March is Once I Caught a Fish Alive, and it goes like this:


1 2 3 4 5, Once I caught a fish alive

6 7 8 9 10, Then I let it go again

Why did you let it go?

Because it bit my finger so!

Which finger did it bite?

This little finger on the right.
We will be doing lots of counting, singing, number ordering, and rhyming fun with this one! Search Youtube for “Once I Caught a Fish Alive,” and you should be able to hear how the song goes if you aren’t familiar with this one.
Letters, Letters

We are getting close to the end of the alphabet with our letter of the week study! In March, we will continue letters with slant lines (Aa, Yy, Nn). After we finish letters, we will focus more on prereading skills (book handling, reading left to right, top to bottom, putting “finger spaces” between words, etc), letter sounds, and beginning, middle, and ending sounds in words. We will also work harder on rhyming words and word families, some sight words, and sounding out words letter by letter. Keep working on these skills at home!


We have also been learning words at school—Go, Mom, Dad, Love, I, and a. If you have a kiddo who seems to be ready to start reading, you can reinforce these at home by having them write them, read them in books, and spell them for you. We have a song that reminds us how to spell LOVE (L-O-V-E spells LOVE, to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”).

Math News

In math, March will continue our number-of-the-week study with #s 7, 8, and 9. To help your child practice numbers at home, you can use these poems:

1—Start at the top, then down to the ground.

2—Up and around and across the ground

3—Around the tree, around the tree

That’s the way to make a 3!



4—Down and over and down some more.

That’s the way to make a 4!



5—Down and around and then you stop

Finish a 5 with a line on top!



6—A line and a loop. Six makes a hoop!

7—Across the sky and down from heaven

That’s the way to make a 7!



8—Make an “S” and then don’t wait

Go right back up to make an 8!



9—Make a loop and then a line.
That’s the way to make a 9!
Lake Tobias Field Trip

Our annual field trip to Lake Tobias Animal Park in Halifax has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 17th. This trip will be for both classes together. We will leave the school PROMPTLY at 9:15 and spend the entire day at Lake Tobias, seeing the reptile building, petting zoo, walking through the park, and riding the safari bus through the wildlife refuge. We will return to the school around 3:45. The cost of this trip will be $11.00 for everyone ages 3 and up. Children will also need a packed lunch for this trip. Permission slips will be distributed closer to the trip.

Graduation

Even though it isn’t quite March, we wanted to give you a heads up that our Graceful Beginnings Graduation Celebration will be on Thursday, May 26th at 6:30pm. Since the evening is all about the kiddos—we keep it pretty low-key. As the name states, it is a “Celebration,” not a “Ceremony.” Caps and gowns might make a preschooler look adorable, but we don’t believe that a formal ceremony is age-appropriate for threes, fours, and fives! The kids will have a short presentation, we will recognize them as “preschool graduates,” and then there will be some fellowship time and an art show. Mark your calendars!

Our last day of school is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2.

Important Dates

Thursday, March 10—Book Orders Due

Thursday, March 24Coloring Easter eggs

Send in 6 hardboiled eggs



Friday, March 25, 6:30/8:30—GCCC egg hunts

Tuesday, May 17Lake Tobias Field Trip

Thursday, May 26—Graduation, 6:30pm

Thursday, June 2—Last Day of School
March 1-3—The Alphabet—Letter: Yy, # 7

March 8-10—The Alphabet—Letter: Aa, # 8

March 15-17—Music—Letter: Nn #9

March 22-24—Easter—Letter & Number review



March 29-31—Easter—Letter & Number review




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