January 2015

January 2015

It’s hard to believe it’s the start of another new year. I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday break. We’re all excited to get back to school.   January is usually one of our favorite months at TCNS – the children are usually settled into the routine and we have a good stretch time to develop our classroom interests. Let’s hope for a winter full of good snow and comfortable temperatures!

Make sure you keep sending your child with their warm snow clothing. We’ll continue to work on getting ready for outdoor play. Independent dressing is an important skill for all our children.   It’s a big step for them to identify and begin to manage their own belongings.

Sock Collection: we’ll continue to collect new and gently-used socks for Catholic Charities through the month. This is a great time to pass on those socks your children don’t like (itchy, bunchy, or wrong colors).

TCNS parent survey: Later this month we’ll be sending a link to our parent survey. Please take the time to share your thoughts so we can continue to improve out program.

Dates to remember: Monday January 19th no school – Martin Luther King Jr Day. Scholastic orders will be due January 28th.

Preschool Activities: We haven’t completed all our planning for January, but this month will be full of preparing for winter, winter weather, and snow people. We’ll be reading In the Snow by Peggy Collins, Stella the Queen of Snow by Marie Louse Gay, and Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright. We’ll be making snow kids paper dolls, winter collages, and snow people out of many different things. We’ll also experiment with snow and ice in the sensory table.

Two’s Class: The Twos will start the month with Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin and John Archambault. We will identify and move our body along with the book at circle time.  We will move onto Under My Hood I Have A Hat by Karla Kuskin and The First Snowfall by Anne Rockwell.  And end with a book about arctic animals. We will explore with sand in our sensory table and add glitter to our playdoh.  We will decorate snowflakes, make a winter tree with our arms, trace our bodies and dress a snow person.  We will be matching shapes and colors.  Yes, we are busy!  Each day we will continue to work towards independence in the bathroom with using the potty and hand washing.  Please remember that pull ups and comfortable clothes are important tools for this process

Winter is a cold, cold season

Winter is a cold, cold season

Winter is cold, cold season

When the snow falls down

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