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4-year-olds M/W/F mornings - Garden Room

Welcome to the Garden Room Fours Parents!  

Teacher Gina and Miss Shahnaz welcome you and want to fill you in on what we have been doing so far this school year.  

All themes are listed under "School Calendar" on this website.  The weekly classroom curriculum for this class is sent to parents weekly from your teachers, either via e-news and/or using the Sangha App.  If you have trouble receiving your curriculum, please contact the office.  Thank you!

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 5TH:   I booked our pumpkin patch field trip for Friday, Oct. 9th, at 9:30 am.  Check out this website http://uesugifarms.com.  It will cost $9.00 a person (please bring exact cash so I can pay them cash).  The pumpkin patch is located at 14485 Monterey Road, San Martin, CA 95046.  Children under a year old are free.  I counted for one children and one adult for our class, so please let me know if you have moer than one adult attending or you would like your child's sibling to attend.  We will ride and enjoy the train, hay rides, the maze & pumpkin lab in the pumpkin patch area where we pick out  pumpkins (everyone who pays gets a pumpkin).  We will also watch a cartoon/farmer video about pumpkins.  The children can snack/drink in the movie tent.  We will meet at the pumpkin patch around 8:45 so the children could have snack and run around and then our tour will start promptly at 9:30.  It is truly beautiful at this pumpkin patch, and we are attending within the first week of the opening.  Hopefully the weather will be perfect, and it should be full of pumpkins!  Our tour will last 1 to 1 1/2 hours, although you can bring your lunch and explore other things they have to offer after the tour.


Newsletter for the Week of Sept 21st                                                   

At the end of last week, we started talking about "Apples."   The children painted with red, yellow, and green apples.  The children made apple trees -- I will send everyone a picture of our beautiful fall wall display.  The children made applesauce today!  I will send pictures of the process and we will enjoy it chilled on Wednesday, which is the first day of Autumn!  

We have started to talk about the different colors of the leaves and will start to decorate our fall tree.  More pictures coming to you soon!  We graphed the colors of the apples using our overhead projector.  They can explore on the overhedad projector throughout the school year.  The children did creative collaging and new puzzles on Friday.  We are having the children practice cutting with scissors and they used butter knifes to cut up the apples for applesauce.  

As an introduction to making our applesauce, we read a book called "Who Will Help Me?" about animals who didn't want to help the little mouse make applesauce.  At the end the mouse ate all the applesauce because they didn't help.   We also read the book "The Apple Pie Tree" about growing apples for making an apple pie.

The children have been practicing a poem with hand motions.  Here are the words so you can practice at home:

  • "Way up high in the apple tree!"
  • "Two little apples smiled at me!"
  • "I shook that tree as hard as I could!"
  • "Down came the apples, mmm,mmm, good!"

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me any time via e-mail ginamsouza@aol.com or by cell 408-202-8957!

Thank You,

Teacher Gina (and Miss Shahnaz)

Daily Schedule

8:45 – 9:00 Arrival Time
9:00 – 9:25 Outdoor Play and Activity Time
9:25 – 9:45 Circle Time
9:45 – 10:35 Activity Time
10:35 – 10:50 Clean-up and Snack Time
10:50 – 11:20 Bike Time
11:20 – 11:45 Directed Activity Time
11:45 – 12:00 Departure Time

Themes:   In August, we have explored Getting to Know You, Apples and more.  Please refer to School Calendar for monthly themes. 

Please feel free to contact Teacher Gina with any questions or concerns you might have.  You may also contact Miss Shahnaz or the Director, Erin.  You may reach your teachers via e-mail at mwfamrainbowroom@montecitoschool.com or ginamsouza@aol.com.

Our sharing day is usually on Fridays.  Your child may bring anything for sharing that would be interesting for their classmates, unless notified otherwise, but please no weapons.  You do not need to put the sharing in a bag with clues, nor does it need to start with the letter of the week.  Occasionally, I will make a special request for sharing, but you will be notified well in advance if that is the case. The purpose of sharing in my class is to help children improve their verbal communication skills and self-confidence.  No student will be required to share if they are uncomfortable doing so.

Classroom Snacks
For birthdays, please use your best judgment for a special treat.  Most parents prefer something small and something containing very little to no sugar.  The children do prefer to put their own snacks together.  For example, "ants on a log" (celery, peanut butter or other butter & raisins), bagels and cream cheese, and/or making their own ginger bread cookies, decorated with a little frosting.  This process usually lasts longer than the children's interest in eating the final product.  If you have a special cultural food you wish to share with the class, please feel free to do so -- just let us know.  Please remember that any food brought to the classroom must be approved by Teacher Gina or Miss Shahnaz at least one week ahead of time. In keeping with Montecito’s snack policy, water is served for the children to drink, rather than juice.  In addition to crackers, we will also offer fruit, vegetables or protein at every snack to the children. 


Montecito School 1468 Grant Road, Los Altos, California 94024 (650) 968-5957