Hello! March is finally here! Like the saying goes “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb,” I hope to see a tiny bit of spring-like weather and less of winter weather.
We will begin the month with one of our favorite authors, Dr. Seuss. We will read many Dr. Seuss stories, and celebrate his birthday! The children will participate in art projects, activities, songs, poems, and a play.
Wednesday, March 5th will be Wacky Wednesday. I will dress up in a crazy way and invite the children to do the same! How wacky can you be?
A Saint Patrick's Day celebration will take place March 10 – 17th. Can you catch the leprechaun as we hunt for his pot of gold? The 17th will be Green Day! We will have lot of green activities, green clothing, and maybe a green snack.
Towards the end of March will be filled with science and observing the world around us! We will begin by exploring space. We will have a discussion that explains space and the planets and focuses on planet Earth. Also, we will read fiction and nonfiction books on space throughout the week. We will discuss key vocabulary: day, night, the stars, the Moon, and the Sun.
Alphabet recognition will continue this month with puppets, stories, and games which continue to aid in the children's recognition. The letters that we have already learned will also be reviewed.
Hello Spring, Goodbye Winter!
“Miss Jessica” LaFera
We hope you have noticed that the children are recognizing their names in print. Many can also read their friends names! It is such a joy to watch the children discover that all those lines, circles and squiggles have meaning. The children continue “signing in” each morning, hanging their name on our attendance board. Making cards to exchange on Valentine’s Day seems to us to be a celebration not only of good friends but also the unlocking of this great mystery – printed language!
As March begins we find ourselves enjoying lots of silly Seuss rhymes and nonsensical words in celebration of Dr. Seuss. Tricky Tuesday, March 4th,we will enjoy some silly fun with the characters of Put Me In The Zoo! The children are invited to create their own tricks to show the class! Wednesday, March 5th, we will have a mixed-up, wacky day, reading the story of Wacky Wednesday! Children are invited to dress in any mixed up, backwards, crazy way they desire! We will learn a wee bit about Ireland as we focus on discovering what an island is. Monday, March 17, all are invited to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day. We will enjoy lots of green shamrock art projects and stories of tricky leprechauns! Our Space theme will be ‘out of this world’, as we learn about stars and planets; astronauts and space ships, our sun and moon! We will explore gravity, and how it helps us to stay in place! We will be thinking about opposites and what is fact and what is fiction.
During our circle times, the children have lots of opportunity to work on their expressive and receptive language skills through the weather, calendar and sharing time each day. They also have plenty of opportunities to work on pre-reading skills as we enjoy songs and stories together throughout the day. We “read” the illustrations, teaching interpreting skills, we predict what might happen next, we sequence events, we summarize, and we evaluate the story (fiction/ non-fiction; liked/ disliked, etc.). We are noticing that the children’s attention spans are lengthening, and respect for one another’s opinions is evident in their attentive listening. This month we will introduce the letters K, J, U and O.
Thank you for all that you do to support your child’s First Steps in learning!
Ginny Workstus and all the preschool teaching staff!