March 2012

March 2012

Spring is coming… or maybe winter, it’s hard to tell this year.  March weather can be VERY unpredictable.  We’ll continue to go outside as much as possible, so please be sure to bring all appropriate clothing.  Even as the temperature gets warmer, snow pants can be useful in keeping clothing dry and clean.  Remember, preschoolers love to get dirty!

We’ll be having a parent meeting on Tuesday, March 6th at 6:30 pm.   We’ll talk about student assessments, upcoming conferences and fieldtrips, plus fundraising plans.  We’ll also talk about some workshop ideas for our future parent meetings.  If there’s anything else you’d like on bring up, please let us know.

We’re continuing our student assessments this month and we’ll be having parent-teacher conferences at the end of the month.  We’re setting aside two days when there won’t be any classes, but you will have the chance for some uninterrupted time to meet with teachers and discuss your child’s progress. There will be no class during the conference days, March 29th and 30th.  Watch for the sign-up sheet later in the month.  If another time would be more convenient to meet, please let me know.  We can easily conference after your parent helper day.

We’re planning an open house for the evening of Wednesday, March 21st for new families interested in enrolling for next fall. If you know of any families who would like to see the school and meet the teachers, please let them know.  You will all receive registration forms for next year at the end of the month with time to pre-register before new families. 

It’s time to start thinking about kindergarten!  If your child will be eligible to start kindergarten in the fall you should contact your elementary school office. Most school districts will be doing screening during the next few months.

March Activities:  This month we’ll be talking about arctic animals, our five senses, spring, and the changing weather.  We’ll continue to graph the weather and watch for signs of spring.  We’ll also test our senses and do some experiments to see how each one works.  Our first book after winter break will be a wonderful book Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers, followed by The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett.  We’ll talk about artic habitats, make sugar cube icebergs, penguins and polar bears.  Next we will read In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb by Marion Bauer and later Mud by Mary Lyn Ray.  During these weeks we’ll talk about spring and the changes in weather.  We will compare weather differences and play with mud.   Our mid-month book will be The King’s Taster by Kenneth Oppel.  This week we’ll experiment with food tasking, make our own mini-pizzas, and take a fieldtrip to Little Venice. 

Terrific Twos:  Welcome March! We will start the month with one final snow book, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Hopefully we will have some snow to make tracks in. We will continue the month with themes of exploring senses, and welcoming spring. The last week in March the church occupies our space therefore we need to relocate. We will spend one day, March 27th, in the library where we will have a special music program and join the library for story time. On March 29th we will not have class, we will meet with families for conferences.

Our year is moving with huge strides in all our children. We are seeing growth in language and social skills. All children are taking more of an interest in inviting others to join in play. We are adding yoga and sign language to our daily activities. We count on the calendar each day and discuss what our weather is outside.   Please continue to encourage independence in dressing. We encourage independence in the bathroom and in dressing for outside play. As a parent you can help by helping the children choose easy comfortable clothes to manipulate. Thank you! Deva and Jackie

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