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May Newsletter

Can you believe it is already May! This month we have a lot in store for our students, and teachers! But first some very exciting news- as many of you already know we are getting the school painted! This has been a goal for us for some time now, and it is finally happening we thank each of you for barring with us during this time. This is just one of the many school revamping projects we have in store.

As you can tell it seems summer has arrived early this year. Please make sure to dress your child appropriately; shorts, tanks tops, etc. (please no flip flops) and remember ALWAYS bring a water bottle with their name on it.
We have so many very important events coming up, so please make sure to make note of them.

School Pictures May 4th – 8th make sure to check for when your child is scheduled:
Monday- Infant Center, Kindergarten & Miss Jessica
Tuesday- Miss Katie, Mrs. Shannon & Ms. Carol
Wednesday- Rooms Mrs. Lou, Mrs. Loralee & Mrs. Dawn

CALLING ALL MOMS! Join us on Friday the 8th for Muffins with Mom! Enjoy a muffin and some orange juice with your child from 7:30am to 9:30am in our front garden

Teacher Appreciation Week!

This is a time to shower your teachers with gratitude and gifts for all the hard work they do. We have assigned each day to have a special treat for them, if you would like to participate please follow along with us:
• Monday, May 11th- Bring school supplies
• Tuesday, May 12th- Lunch Potluck for ALL the teachers We are asking that the parents from Infant Center, Kindergarten and rooms 3, 4, 5 to please bring something.
• Wednesday, May 13th- Bring some flowers to brighten up their day
• Thursday, May, 14th- Breakfast Potluck for ALL the teachers We are asking that the parents from rooms 6, 7, 8, and 9 to please bring something.
• Friday, May 15th- Shower your teacher with a Gift Card to somewhere fun! Target, Starbucks, etc.
Please feel free to go above and beyond to do more for your teachers

Don’t forget school will be CLOSED Monday the 25th for Memorial Day!

Developing Writing Skills in Young Children – From Crayons to Concepts –

In the early preschool years, writing starts with practicing fine motor skills and progresses to include concepts such as vocabulary, sentence structure and inventive spelling. Our curriculum builds the foundation for writing beginning with our infants. Our teachers not only instruct students how to write, but they also help instill a love of writing and self-expression.
Below are activities we implement in our classrooms to get children excited about writing, as well as fun activities to try with your child at home.
In the classroom: Our infants and toddlers practice picking up and placing objects into containers, building hand strength and coordination.
At-home activity: Give your child plastic cooking utensils, such as spoons and spatulas, along with a large bowl. Place appropriate finger foods in the bowl, and encourage your baby to pick up the utensils and use them to move the food around. Choose utensils with different sized handles so your baby learns how to grasp and hold objects in various ways.
BEGINNERS (Ages 2-3)
In the classroom: During imaginative play, teachers provide pens, markers and crayons to encourage students to practice writing. For instance, they pretend to own a restaurant and write food orders, and pretend to be doctors and take notes about the condition of their stuffed animals.
At-home activity: Incorporate writing activities during playtime. Bring sidewalk chalk outdoors and ask your child to write what they see. Don’t correct spelling or proper letter formations. Show enthusiasm in any efforts he makes, as this is how children learn that words are powerful and have meaning.
In the classroom: Different writing tools and surfaces make writing more interesting for children. Our Intermediates use chalk on a chalkboard, form letters using modeling clay, and finger paint on canvas.
At-home activity: Three year olds enjoy mimicking adults in their daily activities. Allow your child to engage in a new writing activity with you, such as writing a grocery list or a thank you card. Explain to him what you are writing and the purpose it serves. PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (Ages 4-5)
In the classroom: Teachers make writing fun for our older preschoolers by creating a classroom post office and asking the children to write and mail letters to each other. Through this activity, students practice communicating thoughts and ideas on paper, using proper grip, writing first and last names in correct case, and writing words independently by using inventive spelling. Inventive spelling encourages a love for writing and reinforces phonics. Traditional spelling is encouraged as students move into more formal writing in early elementary grades.
At-home activity: After a family outing, invite your child to write about his day in a journal. Encourage him to use uppercase and lowercase letters. If he asks for help writing more challenging words, have him attempt to spell them by sounding out the word and writing the letters that make that sound. Invite him to read his journal entry to you.
We provide many opportunities for our preschoolers to develop and practice their writing skills. By setting this foundation, they will be better prepared to communicate thoughts and ideas through writing in elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education

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