This month our open play had a jungle/safari theme, a pirate theme, a St. Patrick’s Day theme and a grocery store. The children have loved our changing open play area and have also been so excited to play outside with the warmer weather.
Sun Class & Rainbow Class
We’re having great fun with our “Let’s Play” theme! We’ve played Honduran-style Duck, Duck, Goose, called “Vaca, Vaca, Chancho” (meaning “Cow, Cow, Pig”). We’ve also enjoyed rolling around a big pelota (ball) to each other, and will soon learn some popular hand-clapping games that can be played with partners and in groups. Putting together puzzles is a favorite childhood playtime activity and we have done a lot of that recently! Special puzzles completed with basic shapes (triángulos, círculos, rectángulos…) have taught us the vocabulary for some of our favorite toys (coche rojo, camión azul, tren verde…). I love the books for this theme, especially No es una caja by Antionette Portis, which is about how a child’s wonderful imagination transforms a simple box into a plane, a train, a rocket, and more. For the complete list of books and more information, see this link.
In Service Learning this month we talked about how people dress differently. We looked at clothes that people might wear in other countries and also observed some similarities and differences in what we wear everyday. We ‘dressed up’ our diversity people with different materials. We have also been learning songs about diversity and will be singing a song called “Open Your Heart” by Laurie Berkner for our upcoming performance.
Questions to Ask Your Child:
Ask your child to do subtraction problems using real life items at home (If I give you 5 carrots and you eat 3, how many will you have left?).
What song are you singing for your performance?
Ask your Sun to identify the sounds of letters, practice writing them with any medium, and continue to have them connect, predict, and tell about the stories you read together.
Reminders & Announcements
Spring Break will be April 7-11. This is our last break from school until the last day on May 23rd.
Summer camps are filling up. Please let us know if you plan to attend any of them so we can reserve your space.
Please remember that we are actively filling spots for 2014/2015. Engaging with the school to connect families to NMCP that you already know is a great help to our community. We are already so thrilled with the new families that will be joining us next year. Having a full, vibrant school is good for all of the children and we so appreciate your efforts.
Our Spring Diversity Performance is tentatively set for May 10 and will happen in the morning. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. Details will follow.
The snack schedule is posted. Please mark your days for the month so that we don’t have any missed snack! Everyone did great in March.