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January 2022- Sistrunk classroom

Welcome back Parents, Each month we gather to participate in a group activity. This could be a fun art project, cooking project or one of our go-tos: making playdough. Whenever we run a bit low on play dough we seize this opportunity to make it with the children. We do this at school to give your […]


Welcome back Parents,

Each month we gather to participate in a group activity. This could be a fun art project, cooking project or one of our go-tos: making playdough. Whenever we run a bit low on play dough we seize this opportunity to make it with the children.

We do this at school to give your children  the experience of taking turns, developing social skills, promoting hand and eye coordination and it also builds a sense of community because as a group they are setting something up for the classroom.

This month we made galaxy play dough. Take a peek at this recipe we often use for UNCOOKED PLAYDOUGH.

We have new geometric shape based work in the Art area and Sensorial areas of the classroom. Your children have avid experience with shape sorting work and matching shapes via shape puzzles. Giving your children an alternate insight into shapes, beginning with the triangle, we introduced shape building work through the use of popsicle sticks and shape stamping work at the easel. 

We are fully immersed in winter. During these frigid temperatures our classroom has taken in an Arctic theme. We have been exploring animals from Antarctica and the Arctic Circle such as the Arctic fox, seal, the orca, penguins and polar bears. Some Arctic work he children have been doing includes penguin shape matching, nesting dolls, polar bear scrubbing work and a basket of Arctic animals.

Is your child as tall as a penguin? In this case, the emperor penguin which stands about four feet tall. See how your children measure up to our life sized cardboard model.

FIVE LITTLE PENGUINS
Five little penguins swam the ocean floor

One saw a whale, then there were four

Four little penguins spun around “wheee!”

One spun away, then there were three 

Three little penguin with nothing to do

One went fishing, then there were two 

Two little penguins having lots of fun

One fell off, then there was one

One little penguin, when the day was done

He went home, then there were none.

Here are a few books we introduced this month.
Ten Playful Penguins by Emily Ford
Rory, An Orca’s Quest for the Northern Lights by Sarah Cullen
Spike, The Penguin With the Rainbow Hair by Sarah Cullen
A Penguin Story by Antionette Portis 
What is a Narwhal? By Ginger Swift

February dates to remember…Wednesday, February 16th at 6:30pm – Parent Ed Workshop: Managing Difficult Toddler Behavior
Thursday, February 24th at 9:00am – Summer Camp Informational Coffee Session.

Our classroom observations are coming up and sign up is now available. Feel free to join in on either or both dates (links included): Tuesday, March 1st at 9:15am and Wednesday, March 9th at 9:15am

Best regards,

Cherise, Anne and Alexis

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