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Pre K News Storie Week October 16-20

It was so nice to see so many families at our open house. The children were so excited to share their classroom with you.

Literacy: We read the books “Pumpkins” by Melvin and Gilda Berger “Ten Timid Ghosts” by Jennifer O’Connell and “The not so scary ghost” by Ana Martin Larranaga. Our letter of the week was the letter T. The children practiced forming the letter T in shaving cream and made rainbow letters for T.

Fine motor: The children worked on their fine motor skills while writing and practicing letters and numbers, lacing a pasta necklace, gluing and drawing their life cycle project and ghost progression, drawing their picture for our guess who project and creating their shaving cream ghost.

Sensory Table: This week the sensory table contained water, scoops bowls and floating eyes.

Science: We did an expanding ghost balloon experiment. We put baking soda in our balloon and vinegar in a water bottle. When we tipped the balloon upright the baking soda fell into the bottle creating a reaction. Gas was produced which inflated our balloon. We also talked about the life cycle of a pumpkin.

Math: This week we worked on forming the number 2. We practiced writing it and made our number 2 page for our book. We worked on ABC patterns, 1 to 1 counting and number recognition. We talked about small, medium and large and then lined up our ghosts from small to large.

Art: Letter T art page for their alphabet book and a shaving cream ghost activity.

Dramatic Play: Dramatic play is set up with Halloween dress up.

Gross Motor: We continue to enjoy the nice weather in our playground.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Mrs. Storie and Mrs. Brand

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Tuesday NATURE PEEP

Welcome to Nature PEEP! Our PEEP year began with the students discussing what NATURE means. We focused on nature versus man-made and how to tell the difference. During our first PEEP meeting we sorted a variety of objects into these two categories and really used our senses to help us decide where each object belongs. After our sorting activity we headed out for a nature walk to collect various natural objects, that we then brought in to paint with. We were able to observe the many different textures and shapes that our nature objects brought to our paintings.

During Week 2 we used a paper bag and a hidden object (an apple) to ask questions and learn how to predict what our secret object might be. We talked about sizes and weights as questions were asked and clues were given comparing our object to other familiar objects. We compared the colors of our apples and learned about the life cycle of apples/ apple trees. Our art project consisted of cutting apples in half and using them as stampers in an apple tree painting.

Our last September Nature PEEP was tons of fun! After having learned so much about apples we ended September by making mini apple pie bites 🙂 The students helped to roll out crescent rolls, brush on melted butter, sprinkle apple pie seasoning and then roll up apple slices in the dough. Lots of fine motor work! While our treats cooked we read a story called: How Do Apples Grow. Such a fun way to end our Apple unit! Can’t wait until our October adventures begin.

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August 2017 Director’s Letter

Windham Coop Director's Letter

Dear Families,
Welcome to a new year at Windham Cooperative Kindergarten and Nursery School. The teachers and I are very excited to begin the 2017-2018 school year and meet all of our new families and connect with our veteran families again. WCK is truly a special community that incorporates learning, fun, and involvement through “Co-oping”. If you have any questions for the beginning of the year, do not hesitate to ask me or stop by the office to see Patti, WCK’s business manger.

Parent/Staff Day:
Our staff has already been busy getting the rooms ready for the beginning of school. On Thursday, August 31 we will hold our parent/staff workday from 9:00-12:00. We request that you join us for part of the day. It is a great chance to connect with other parents and meet our teachers. Since this is a very busy day, children cannot stay for the workday. We will have take home projects for those who would like to help, but are unable to stay. Jobs include cleaning, project preparation, washing toys, etc.

Staff Emails:
Debbie Bois: dbois@windhamcoop.org
Patti Michal: info@windhamcoop.org
Kendall Desrosiers: kdesrosiers@windhamcoop.org
Megan Clark: mclark@windhamcoop.org
Pam Deveau: pdeveau@windhamcoop.org
Heather Hankus: hhankus@windhamcoop.org
Kellie Fraser: kfraser@windhamcoop.org
Lisa Storie: lstorie@windhamcoop.org
Jennifer Brand: jbrand@windhamcoop.org

Amazonsmiles:
WCK is part of the Amazon Smiles Program. Go to smile.amazon.com to sign up. Select the Windham Cooperative Kindergarten as your charity and then we will get back 0.5% of your purchases. This is an easy way to help out your school.

Lower Playground:
Our lower playground is in the process of being created into a natural playground for the children. This will be done by the beginning of school for the children to enjoy. Go onto our facebook page and check out the updated pictures as it is constructed.

Nursery Substitute Teachers:
As many of you know, Ms Desrosiers is expecting a baby in December. While she is on maternity leave, Mrs. Clark will be stepping up to the lead position. Mrs Wein will be the assistant on MWF. She has taught at WCK in Pre-K and over the past few years, she has been our consistent substitute for all of our classes. Mrs. Bulkley will be the assistant on T/TH. Both of her children attended WCK and she was one of our substitutes last year in many of the classes. Both will make the transition very smooth for the nursery children.

Lunch Bunch:
Your child may stay for lunch from 11:30-12:15. The cost is $8.00 or you can buy a card for 5 lunches for $35.00. Send in a nut free lunch with your child and let Patti know in the morning if your child is staying for lunch bunch.

Parent Orientation:
On Thursday, August 31 we will hold a parent orientation at 6:30 PM at the Windham High School. Each family will receive their child’s school folder filled with school information and forms. This will allow families time to complete forms prior to attending their child’s orientation. Parents can meet both returning and new teachers and executive board members. There will be a brief presentation about programs, events and school guidelines, with time for a question and answer session at the end.
If you have volunteered for a job at the school this year, there will also be time available to meet with a board or staff members to help you understand your responsibilities. We will make every effort to keep the meeting brief and informative for all.
If you are unable to attend the Parent Orientation, you will need to make arrangements to stop by the school and pick up your child’s folder. By having the forms done ahead of time, teachers will have more time to interact with the children and their families during the children’s orientation. Please be aware that per state law your child will be unable to attend class until we have their current emergency and health forms on file.

Child Orientation:
During the 2nd week of August, you will be receiving a letter from your child’s teacher. It will let you know when your time is for your child’s orientation. This is a great day for your child to see their new classroom and meet their teachers. We ask that you make arrangements for siblings to be watched by a family member or friend so ensure a positive experience by all. Many of our families trade off with each other. Please note that PEEP students do not attend a separate orientation.

Backpacks:
During the year, the children will bring home lots of art work, projects, and notices. They are given a folder to put these in. We encourage you to have your child bring a large backpack that can fit a folder and other items. Also send in a spare set of clothes in the backpack. Thanks!
Maintenance throughout the year:
As part of our co-op program, each family is required to come to a maintenance day during the year. In each of my newsletters, I will have a maintenance project that can count towards this and can work around your schedule.

Program Openings:
We currently have limited openings in our T/TH Nursery program, KEEP and PEEP programs. If you would like to find out more about these programs or know someone that is looking for a wonderful early childhood program, please give us a call at 893-3069 or visit our website 

1-2-3- Go Camps:
In addition to child orientation, Nursery and Pre-K students have the opportunity to attend a 2 day camp where they can meet their teachers and see their classroom on August 23 and 24 from 9-10:30. For new students at WCK, this is a great way to see how a mini day runs for nursery or pre-k. The cost is $30.00 for this camp. Check the website for details or call the office.

Have a great rest of the summer!

Debbie Bois
Director of Windham Cooperative Kindergarten and Nursery School
dbois@windhamcoop.org

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KEEP NEWS June 2, 2017

Theme: This month we had fun learning about fairy tales. We also learned a little bit about castles and castle life.

Science: To go along with our fairy tale unit the children learned about mirrors reflecting and reflection. The children did a stem activity where they built houses of straws, sticks and bricks (Legos). We then had the big bad wolf (a hairdryer) try to blow them down. In another stem activity the children used their choice of cupcake liners, paper, tape, poster board, aluminum foil and bubble wrap to build a bed for baby bear. We then put small stuffed animals on them to see how many it could hold until it broke. We planted beans for the Jack and the bean stalk fairy tale.

Literacy: We read many fairy tales and watched Miss Booksy (a more contemporary version of the fairy tales) on line. We learned about the elements of a fairy tale. We looked at every fairy tale we read and decided which of the elements they contained. We sequenced the story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears.

Math: We played a Little Red riding hood graphing game. We played an addition and subtraction game for Jack and the bean stalk.

Art: The children made and decorated magic mirrors. They made a fairy godmother and we wrote what they would wish for if they had a fairy god mother. We made 3 little pigs masks and acted out the story. We made stick puppet for Little Red Riding hood and acted out the story. We made hobby horses and crowns.

Dramatic Play: The dramatic play area was set up with capes, crowns, hobby horses, wands and fairy wings. The children had fun pretending to be knights, princesses, kings and fairies.

Sensory table: The table had beans, jewels, small fairies, knights and horses. One week we put sensory sand and beach toys in it. Another week we has water beads and pieces of tubing to put them through.

This month we have an art theme. The children will experiment with different art forms and mediums. We will have an art show to top off the unit. More information will be coming home soon.

Mrs. Storie and Mrs. Hankus

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Pre K News Storie Week May 29-June 2

We loved seeing everyone at the Pre K graduation last night. The children did a wonderful job. Party day was enjoyed by all. Thank you everyone for your help and contributions.

Literacy: We read the books “Splat the Cat: I scream for Ice cream” by Laura Driscoll, and “Should I Share the Ice Cream” by Mia Willems. We played a letter recognition relay game.

Math: We worked on patterns using ice cream flavors.

Fine motor: The children made their names using paper ice cream scoops. They used pool noodles, golf tees and feathers to create bugs.

Sensory Table: beans, jewels, knights, fairies and horses.

Dramatic Play: We have dress up crowns, capes, fairy wings, hobby horses and magic wands. There are also knights, fairies, castles, dragons and horses for the children to use in pretend play.

We have one more day of Pre K on Monday. It will be our Pre K fun day. We have enjoyed spending time with your children this year. Thank you for sharing them with us. We will miss you all! Have a wonderful summer!
Don’t forget we still have 1 more day!
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Mr. Storie and Mrs. Brand

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Pre K News Storie Week May 22-26

It has been a busy week. We have been finishing our Insect unit and started a few days of ice cream fun. The children have been working hard on our year end show. I can’t believe our year is coming to an end.

Literacy: We read the books “Butterfly Life Cycle” by Jeff Bauer, “Ladybugs” by Melvin and Gilda Berger and “Make Mine Ice Cream” by Melvin Berger

Math: We learned about symmetry and made butterflies with symmetrical wings. The children played a ladybug math game. They were given a number and then they put that many dots on a ladybug. This game worked on number recognition and 1 to 1 correspondence.

Fine motor: The children worked on gluing, twisting and picking up small objects while working on their various projects and art activities.

Sensory Table: The sensory table was filled with kinetic sand, castle making molds and other sand toys.

Science: We talked about the life cycle of a butterfly and the children made their own life cycle project.

Dramatic Play: We have dress up crowns, capes, fairy wings, hobby horses and magic wands. There are also knights, fairies, castles, dragons and horses for the children to use in pretend play.

Art: The children created ice cream cones.
Cooking: Today we made ice cream.

Next Week’s Events:
Monday May 29th No School Memorial Day
Thursday June 1st Pre K Graduation at Center School at 6:30. Please come a little early to enjoy an end of the tear slide show
Friday June 2nd Year end party. A sign up genius has been sent out
Monday June 5th Pre K fun day and our last day of school.
Have a great long weekend! See you on Wednesday!

Mr. Storie and Mrs. Brand

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Pre K News Storie Week May 15-19

This week we began our insect unit. We discussed what an insect is and learned about bees and ants.

Literacy: We read the books “What do insects do?” by Susan Canizares, “Bees” by Julie Murray, “Ants” by Melvin and Gilda Berger and Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose. We continue to review our letters.

Math: We played number recognition bingo. The children used insects to make patterns. We reviewed our shapes while making our build a bug art project.

Fine motor: The children wrote their alphabet letters in chalk, made insects out of dauber prints and made ant puppets.

Sensory Table: Our sensory table rocks, sticks, play insects, magnifying glasses and bug catchers.

Science: We brainstormed what insects are, can do and have. We learned a song to help us remember that insects have 3 body parts, 6 legs etc.

Dramatic Play: We have dress up crowns, capes, fairy wings, hobby horses and magic wands. There are also knights, fairies, castles, dragons and horses for the children to use in pretend play.

P.S. Today your child’s spring progress report went home in his/ her folder. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Storie and Mrs. Brand

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Pre K News Storie Week May 8-12

This week we had fun with Nursery rhymes.

Literacy: We read the books “If the Shoe Fits” by Alison Jackson, “The Clock Struck One” by Trudy Harris and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” by Keith Chapman. We played the Alphabet soup game where the children scooped out letters and then wrote them. The children had fun reciting Nursery Rhymes.

Math: We played Mouse in a house a number recognition game. The children picked a house and identified the number. After correctly identifying the number the child lifted up the house to see if they found a mouse. We wrote the number 1 to 12 on a clock face and played a spider math game.

Fine motor: The children laced, glued and cut for our various nursery rhyme projects.

Sensory Table: Our sensory table contained beans, knights, horses, plastic eggs and blocks to build walls for Humpty Dumpty.

Science: We conducted an experiment for Humpty Dumpty. We built a wall for Humpty Dumpty. We then placed a raw egg on the wall and knocked it down and then placed a hardboiled egg on the wall and knocked it down. We compared what happened to the eggs when they fell.

Dramatic Play: We have doll houses and vehicles in dramatic play. The children have been having lots of fun playing house.
Have a great weekend!

Mr. Storie and Mrs. Brand

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May Pre-K News

May Happenings
This year is almost over and the children have grown so much.
This month we will do an All about Me Unit, learn about nursery rhymes insects, get ready for graduation on the 1st of June and have ice cream fun. Please keep an eye out for future updates.

May Themes
All About Me
Fairy Tales
Insects
Ice Cream

Dates to Remember
May 29th- Memorial Day No School
June 1st- Pre K Graduation (This will take place in the evening. More information to follow)
June 2nd- Pre K year end celebration (Please keep an eye out for a sign up genius after vacation)
June 5- Last day of Pre K

Items Needed
Summer Fun stickers
Insect Stickers

Create a learning game that gets your child moving!

This is a fun way to work on number recognition or alphabet recognition.
Simply write numbers or letter on a sheet of paper. Give your child a fly swatter and let them swat the letter or number you call out. A great way to incorporate learning and movement!

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KEEP NEWS April 21, 2017

Theme: This month our theme was spring and Easter. We spent time discussing spring changes.
Science: While exploring our spring unit we did a few experiments and explored some science topics. While discussing clouds the children did an experiment using a container of water, shaving cream topping and food coloring. The children dropped food coloring onto the shaving cream. Like raindrops the heavy food coloring works its way through the cloud and rains down into the water (atmosphere).
We made a list of what plants have (roots leaves etc.) what plants need (soil, water, sun and air), and what they give (flowers, fruits, veg). The children then made a picture and labeled what plants need.
We discussed the term oviparous. It means to produce eggs that hatch. We talked about which animals hatch from eggs. The children did a STEM activity where they tried to figure out how to make towers and creations with plastic eggs and play dough.

Math: We talked about which animals hatch from eggs and did a sorting activity and project. They picked an animal picture and decided whether it hatched or didn’t hatch. They then placed it into the appropriate column. We sorted and counted jelly beans. We also sorted gummy snacks into the colors of the rainbow. We counted and wrote the numbers.

Literacy: The children have many opportunities to practice their writing. A few structured ones this month included describing the clouds they made, writing spring words on their rainbows and writing about the animal they drew which hatched from an egg. We worked on sequencing by sequencing the order of events in the story “Little Cloud”.

Art: We used puffy paint to make clouds. We painted with pasta (worms) and made worms using pipe cleaners and beads. We used the medium of chalk pastels to create a spring picture. We used chalk and water to make large Easter eggs. The children drew a picture of an animal that hatches from eggs. We made kites when we discussed wind.

Other Activities: We had an Easter egg scavenger hunt.
As you can see we have been very busy learning and having fun.

Next moth we will learn about the country of Mexico and study fairy tales.

Enjoy your vacation next week!
Mrs. Storie and Mrs. Hankus

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