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:
Week of Decmeber 15th: The end of the year 2014 is almost here! This week, we continue our theme "holiday celebrations" with Christmas-theme activities. Children will be gluing and decorating the Christmas tree with ornaments. This will enhance their counting skills. They will also help Santa find his way to the toy sack using their fine motor skills by participating in our maze activity. Our children will practice cutting Christmas ornaments and also decorate various Christmas shapes with glitter. The children will also review the numbers 1-5 by counting Christmas trees on the number lined rows and recognizing the numbers 1-10 by matching the numbers on the Christmas tree. Our kids will also be matching alphabet letters and various shapes on the Christmas tree file folder.
This week there will be NO sharing on Thursday. December 18th -- as this is our last day of school before the break. We will have our Holiday Sing Performance and Party on December 18th 2014 at 10 am (drop your children off at the normal drop-off time). The families are invited to watch the children sing and enjoy our classroom party afterwards (and sit on Satna's lap if they want!). Our holiday break will be from December 22nd 2014 to January 2nd 2015. Holiday Care/Enrichment will be available from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm during these weeks that the school is closed (except for Christmas & New Year's Day). Please inquire with the office for more details. We will be back to school on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
On Tuesday of this week, we sent home a Holiday gift that our children have made for their families. The White Paper plant will bloom during the holidays. It has a beautiful fragrance and pretty white flowers. This is an indoor plant. By making this gift, our children have learned how the plant grows from a bulb into the beautiful flowers. We hope you enjoy the gift your child has made for you and your family.
Happy Holidays from our 2AF Staff to your family.
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!