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.
For the week of 9/22, the theme is about apples. In Science, we will observe apples using the magnifying glass, compare the colors and sizes of apples, smell the apples to find out whether they have a good or bad smell, weight the apples to find out which is heavy and which is light. We will compare real apples with the sandpaper cut out of an apple to discover whicch is smooth and which is rough ... so we will learn new vocabulary words at the same time. To further develop the children's hand-eye coordination, we will make apple necklaces and do apple lacing. After listening to the flannel board story "Little Bear's Star," the children will also discover about the star in the cut apple. In small groups we will find out which apple each child likes the best when we do apple tasting. We will record their choice in a graph we will make together. Then the children will surely have fun in helping make apple sauce! So please don't forget to send to school an apple -- red, yellow or green -- on Monday, September 22nd.
Our letter of the week is the letter "Ee." The children will identify names of objects that begin with Ee in the box and in the tub. We will also laearn that letter Ee has two sounds. We will introduce the feely box or mystery box where we will put some Ee objects in it and let the children guess what they're touching inside the box without taking the object out. The children will then explore, build tactile awareness, vocabulary, memory, and communication skills while they do the guessing game. Tracing the letter Ee will develop children's writing skills and letter recognition.
We will also learn number "5." The children will make sets of 5 objects, mark the clothespins sets with 5 objects, match numbers 1 to 5 to dots on apples, put apples on numbered apple trees, do crayon rubbing on sandpaper 5 and number 5 stamping.
Reminder: We will have our Lockdown Drill on Wednesday, September 24th. We are going to tell the children asbout the drill in advance so they'll stay calm when they hear the loud bell. We will say that we are going to hide from Miss Erin so we need to be quiet in the dress up corner. We will be singing some songs in whispers with the children until Erin comes knocking on the door with the password, which will let us know that the drill is over.
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