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Week January 15-19 Nursery – Desrosiers

Another fun week in Nursery. We have been focusing on our nursery rhymes and anticipating what word comes next. The children have also enjoyed acting out our rhymes.

Our projects have been made up of a snowy penguin and a craft version of Hickory, Dickory Dock.

In math we have been continuing our on-going counting and one to one work.

We have been strengthening our fine motor muscles with scissor practice and twisting plastic nuts and bolts.

Our latest literacy project has begun with a NAME book that we will be working on for a few days. Each of the children has formed the letters of his/her name by tracing their letters. The proud looks on their faces were wonderful!

Just a reminder that next week is our spirit week and the themes (if children would like to dress up) are:

Monday 1/22-Sports day
Tuesday 1/23-Superhero day
Wednesday 1/24-Crazy Clothes day
Thursday 1/25-Disney Day
Friday 1/26- White Out Day

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January 8-12 Nursery-Desrosiers

Wow, finally our first FULL week of school and the kids have done so well getting back into our routine after so many days off! Our In continuing with our nursery rhyme theme, we have focused, this week, on Itsy Bitsy Spider and Little Miss Muffet.
Language: We are continuing to learn about rhymes and to practice finding the “rhyme sounds” in our nursery rhymes.
Math : Counting, counting, and more counting! The students have been practicing their numbers as we line up, we count with our calendar numbers, and we’re continuing our work on one to one correlation this week.
Fine motor : We have begun a strong focus on our fine motor strength and skills and you may have heard about this as we have begun using scissors in class.
Gross Motor : Balancing and gross motor practice has become a big portion of our circles lately so don’t be surprised if you see lots of single foot balancing and general “silly walking”

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January Nursery Newsletter Desrosiers

January Happenings
January is such an exciting month in the Nursery Class. Nursery rhymes will be our major focus this month. We will continue our math and literacy work, but will be introducing more activities with numbers 6-10, and letters beyond just those in each child’s name. We will also begin learning scissor skills, that is, proper grip and smooth, even cutting. We will begin a greater focus on large motor skills in the form of one, and two feet hopping.

Items Needed
Winter stickers

Nursery Rhymes
Nursery rhymes are such a fun and important part of school! They use familiar “stories” to teach rhyming and this allows the students not only to anticipate what comes next, but to also see that when words endings sound the same, they usually LOOK the same too. This is a huge pre-reading skill as it allows children to see the beginnings of letter and sound connections. As we practice our nursery rhymes at school, the students will probably want to “read” them to you at home.

Important Dates:

NO School Monday, January 15: Civil Rights Day

Conferences: Week of January 15 (Sign up genius information will be coming out soon)

Fun week January 22-26

Monday, January 22nd -Sports
Tuesday, January 23rd – Superhero
Wednesday, January 24th – Crazy hair and clothes day
Thursday, January 25th -Disney Day
Friday, January 26th – White out day

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December 18- December 22 Nursery Blog Desrosiers

Language: What a terrific and extremely exciting week. Our T/TH children did a great job in their performances and loved getting to show you their songs! We were so proud of how big and brave they were!  Unfortunately the MWF class were not able to sing their songs, but a possible make-up may be scheduled in January.

Sensory: We have had special holiday materials is sensory this week! Think pine cones, pom-poms, bows, wrapping paper, and other things that remind us to celebrate. The students also got some fine motor practice as they pretended to wrap presents with our holiday decorating items.

Art: Christmas light dot painting and tissue paper ornaments were our art projects this week.

Literacy: We used letters on paper snowballs to play letter memory, which helps us to name and match upper case letter of the alphabet.

Math
: We used picture and object cards to work on our number recognition and one to one correspondence.

Reminders:

Holiday Vacation: December 25- January 2

Please keep your eyes out for the Conference sign up genius emails for child’s class
Conferences will be the week of January 15th (more information to follow)

January 22-26 is SPIRIT WEEK! (Join the excitement by dressing up according to each day’s theme

    MONDAY: Sports Day
    TUESDAY: Superhero Day
    WEDNESDAY: Crazy clothes/ crazy hair day
    THURSDAY: Disney Day
    FRIDAY: White out day

Have a very Happy and Healthy Holiday season!!!

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Tuesday Nature PEEP

Our first week of Nature PEEP for December was all about snow! Unfortunately Mother Nature has not shared any snow with us just yet, so we had to get a little creative. So we made our own snow! Mixing baking soda and shaving cream we created some white fluffy play snow that was even capable of rolling in to tiny snowmen. We then learned how snowstorms are made as water vapor rises into the air, gathers together and cools as it falls as snowflakes back to earth. Then we got to actually watch an illustration of our snowstorm in a jar. Ask your PEEPster to describe it to you. And last but not least, we were able to make some snowy scenes with chilled glue and white paint which made for a chilly-looking perfect powder picture.

During week two we explored snow even more and were thrilled that we actually had really snow in which to play. We made a snowman in a bag and made predictions about how he would do in our classroom and had an absolute blast in trying to make him melt. We also used marshmellows (the oversized, square ones) to make snow forts.. Before long it was time to get outside and do some hands on exploration and playing!

Our final Tuesday in december was all about December-themed STEM. We explored ooblek and dissolved peppermint candies in it, As a large group we used green solo cups to build a christmas tree and then furthered this engineering idea by each getting two cups and adding to the whole groups structure in any ways that we wished – there were some great ideas and a whole bunch of problem solving, we also painted with colored ice cubes.

Looking forward to Nature PEEP in the NEW YEAR!

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Week of December 8- December 15 Desrosiers

Language: We continued to talk about Christmas traditions and learned a bit about Hanukkah and what people do to celebrate.

Sensory: We have had special holiday materials is sensory this week! Think pine cones, pom-poms, bows, wrapping paper, and other things that remind us to celebrate

Art: Dreidels and Santa Claus were our art projects this week. Our fine motor skills are coming along so nicely as we tear and glue and use our pincer grips

Literacy: Snowmen helped us to work on our name spelling and further letter recognition this week as we looked at letters on paper snowballs and stacked them up to spell our names and the names of our friends.

Math: Pompoms acted as decorations on our counting mat trees as we continue to work on numbers 1-5 and begin to learn numbers 6-10.

Reminders:

Please keep your eyes out for the party sign up genius emails from you child’s class

Holiday Parties:
T/TH: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19
M/W/F: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22

**T/Th: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 (Special Pajama Day and combined FUN DAY with Mrs. Bois’ class.  Please plan to drop your kids off directly in MRS. BOIS’ CLASSROOM**

Holiday Vacation: December 25- January 2
Conferences will be the week of January 15th (more information to follow)

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Week December 4-December 8 Nursery Desrosiers

First and Foremost, Miss D had her beautiful baby girl on Thursday, December 7th and we couldn’t be more excited for Miss D and her family!!!Welcome to the Co-op family Baby Kennedy!!!

What an exciting week! Snow in the sensory table, cookie scented playdough, and dramatic play was our own little Santa’s workshop where the children pretended to be elves helping Santa to make toys.

Language: Family holiday traditions were our language focus this week. So cute to hear the children talk about their Christmas trees and their elves on the shelf.

Sensory: Snow! Snow was in our sensory table this week. Fake snow that is made of baking soda and shaving cream. Light, fluffy able to be formed into balls and snowmen, but it doesn’t melt. So much fun!

Art:Continuing with our winter and Christmas theme, our art projects this week consisted of a snowy scene and making paper elves.

Literacy: Our literacy projects this week were christmas trees with the letters of your child’s name as the colorful decorations

Math: This week our math focus was AB patterns. The children practiced this by stacking unifix cubes that were red, then white.

Reminders:

T/TH: On Thursday, December 21Students are invited to wear their PJs to school and will have a special combined class day with Mrs. Bois’ class

Please keep your eyes out for the party sign up genius emails from you child’s class

Holiday Parties:
T/TH: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19
M/W/F: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22

Holiday Vacation: December 25- January 2
Conferences will be the week of January 15th (more information to follow)

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November 27- December 1: Nursery Desrosiers

As I write this we are still excitedly awaiting news of Ms. D’s baby. We can’t wait to share the happy news once we hear of her arrival.

Language: Gingerbread men were our theme this week. We explored how gingerbread men look and what types of things they need to on their bodies

Sensory: Gingerbread mix was a huge hit in our sensory table.

Art: We decorated paper gingerbread men with sequins, pompoms, stickers and rick rack. The children loved this and created some very dapper ginger-gents. We also created cinnamon and applesauce ornaments in a variety of holiday shapes.

Literacy: We worked on matching letter magnets to the letters in our name cards. Playdough letter mats were also used this week as we strengthened our hands and fingers while using the playdough to form some of the letters in our names.

Math: We are continuing to explore numbers by counting as we line up. This allows students to listen and anticipate the “next” number.

Reminders:

Holiday Parties:
T/TH: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19
M/W/F: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22

Holiday Vacation: December 25- January 2

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Tuesday NATURE PEEP

During the month of November the Nature PEEPers learned, discussed, and explored the many interesting habits animals have during the winter.The children recognized that animals are affected differently by the winter months and so they must deal with the cold weather in a variety of ways.

Week one had us learning all about migration. We became birds ourselves, and since we could not find any bird-sized winter jackets, nor could we go to a bird-friendly grocery store when finding food outside became difficult, we decided that we must come up with a different plan. And so The Great Tuesday PEEP Migration was born. We learned that many birds must fly off to warmer climates to protect them from the chilly weather and allow them to find food. While our migration was very short in distance, really just the length of the classroom, we read that the birds face a much greater journey. In support of our feathered friends we made bird-seed ornaments to put outside for the birds beginning their migration journey.

Hibernation (of bears specifically) was the theme of week two. We began our hibernation exploration by “bear-walking” all over our class – your children are very good at it… me…well, suffice to say we all had some good giggles. We learned that bears hibernate for three reasons: to deal with the lack of available food, to be sheltered from the harsh weather, and to be protected from potential predators. Then we looked for strong, safe caves in which to hibernate in our classroom We made pictures of what each of us thought a bear would look like in its cave.

Camouflage, special feathers, and blubber might have been words that your PEEPster brought home after week three’s meeting. We learned all about some of the adaptations different arctic species have developed to deal with their cold environments. We used crisco (and rubber gloves) to demonstrate how blubber keeps polar bears warm in the icy water. Ask your little one if their polar bear hand, or their kid hand felt warmer in our bowl of “freezing water”. Spray bottles and a laminated picture of a penguin illustrated how the special oils in the penguin’s feathers help to bead up the water and have it slide right off, rather than soaking in and making the penguin cold. The change in an arctic fox’s coat from winter to spring was part of our camouflage lesson. Safety and easier hunting are part of the reasons that animals developed the adaptation to change their coats between seasons, we compared this to each of us changing from summer clothes to winter clothes or vise versa.

Week four had us taking a nice winter walk and reading a book of the same name. We noticed the area around us using most of our senses, and compared our findings to how they might be different during a summer walk. We discussed the trees and how they look different now. We discussed how we need to dress differently now than when school started. After our walk we headed in to paint birdhouses for our feathered friends.

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Pre K News Storie Week November 20-24

The children had a wonderful time at our feast with our friends in Mrs. Hankus’ class. They got to wear their hats and beads and ate all our wonderful food off the placemats they made. We played a game called count the room. The children hunted for picture cards and when they found them counted how many items were on them. They then practiced writing the number. We read the book “The Night before Thanksgiving” by Natasha Wing.
Thank you for all your donations to our feast. I would also like to thank all our volunteers for their help on feast day. Your volunteering make these experiences possible.
We would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. See you on Monday!
Mrs.Storie and Mrs. Brand

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