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February Pre-K Newsletter

Dear Families,

            These winter months seem to be moving smoothly.  I hope that everyone is enjoying the winter weather and able to stay warm and cozy. 
First Steps Day Care February newsletter graphic              Speaking of weather, during the first few weeks of the month we will be studying the weather and making predictions. We will be discussing different forms of weather (rain, wind, snow, sun, and clouds). We will look at different kinds of weather and classify the characteristics of each weather condition.
            The month of February brings Groundhog Day. We will discuss groundhogs and their habitats, read stories about Groundhog Day, and take a class poll to see who thinks the groundhog will see his/her shadow. This celebration will include activities like shadow painting, shadow puppets, and shadow dancing. We will also have pajama day on Friday, February 5th.  Your child is welcome to dress in their p.j.’s!
            Mid-February brings Valentine’s Day. We will discuss friendship and the love we have for our family and friends. We will make cards for our loved ones using different colors such as red, pink, and white. We will also use tFirst Steps Day Care February newsletter graphiche heart shape to complete art and math activities. 
            After Valentine's Day, we will go into music week! We will make music and listen to many different types of music.  We will learn about numerous musical instruments and then we will design our own.  If you would like to share your musical talent with our class, please feel free to set up a time to come in and visit! 
            We will also continue our alphabet work and discuss one letter each week. This month we will continue to learn and recognize the letters of the alphabet. I will have puppets, activities, and games to aid in the recognition of these letters. 
            Enjoy the rest of the winter, have fun playing outside and staying warm inside!  If you have any questions or concerns please contact me, you may call the school or
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Warmest Wishes,

“Miss Jessica” LaFera

February Preschool Newsletter

First Steps Day Care February newsletter graphicFebruary brings us new ways to explore the world around us.  Will the groundhog see his shadow or not?  What is a shadow anyway?  We need light!  What makes light?  We will have fun wearing pajamas to school on Friday, 2/5!  We will hear stories about bedtime cuddles and routines!  (Send in play clothes to change into before going outside to play, please!)  Valentine’s Day follows, bringing us stories of friends, valentines, and unconditional love.  “Reading” the pictures, listening to the words and expanding on what we know all add to the children’s developing phonemic and print awareness as well as their letter recognition, vocabulary and language skills.  Literacy learning is everywhere!  Later in the month we will immerse ourselves in music, rhythm and vibrations.  I invite you to share your musical talents with us!  So many things to observe and discover!   Science is everywhere! 

First Steps Day Care February newsletter graphicValentine’s Day presents a great opportunity to encourage and enhance sight word recognition as we make cards for special friends and family.  Our own names, our friend’s names, Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, and I love you are all important sight words which many of the children are learning and mastering.  We will have a Valentine card exchange with classmates on Thursday 2/11 and Friday 2/12.   If you choose to have your child share valentine’s cards with friends, please encourage your child to “sign” each card.  Plan to begin this process early, and work on two or three each day.  Signing the Valentine’s cards makes the card sharing process more personal for the children.  Please send in 16 cards, one for each preschool friend.  (Please do not address the cards to specific children.)  Model usage of upper and lower case letters appropriately, as this helps the children to see the shapes of words.  Word shapes are an important way we recognize our sight words!  We continue our study of alphabet letters this month, introducing: Y/y, V/v, K/k and A/a (note the straight, curve and diagonal lines)!
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First Steps is closed on Monday, 2/15 for Presidents Day.  Remember, we go outside everyday, weather permitting.  It is important that the children have hats, mittens, warm coats, snow pants and boots here each day.  If your child wears boots to school, please send in some sneakers for inside play.


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