Friday Newsletter 3 August 2018
Friday Newsletter 3 August 2018
3 August 2018
Good morning Moms and Dads
We have had a blessed week at school this week
The children were happy, they learned and explored, they sang and danced, they laughed and giggled, and most of all, they were loved! Thank you Lord for our many “Baby Blessings”.
Fun and excitement ensued as we continued with our Garden Visitors theme.
“Squiggly and squishy, colourful and bright, some are cute, some give me a fright! But we just love them all!”
Fine motor skills were practiced and strengthened through our many classroom activities, and not forgetting about gross motor… Acting out their beehive song, musical dancing circles, and our movement musical where the children became spiders and moved around on all fours, backwards, forwards and even sideways. Fun, fun, fun!
Thank you once again to our Teachers for the hard work and dedication that goes into each and every carefully sourced and planned activity.
There was also much time for play where the children enjoyed the sunshine outdoors. I came across this article entitled “Why Do We Play” and wanted to share it with you:
Why We Play…
Many of you see a preschool program that is vastly different than the one you may have attended as a child.
Many of you see a preschool where it seems all we do all day is play. Read on and discover there is a lot more to a day at preschool then meets the eye!
What follows is a discussion of current theory and research and then a brief (certainly not complete) outline of a few daily preschool activities and how they meet academic objectives.
Unlike older children, preschool age children are unable to learn through abstract or passive methods. Young children learn best by direct hands-on experience. The need to actively explore and manipulate materials and toys; discovering answers, properties, relationships, skills and concepts for themselves. Classroom experience needs to be concretely relevant to a child’s personal knowledge and maturation level. Often this is referred to as age appropriate or developmentally appropriate curriculum, an approach that meets educational goals based on research on how young children learn best. Some researchers and policy makers tell us, ” Play is the work
of childhood“. It is a child’s very personal way of interacting with their world and learning to master the possibilities in it. The ______curriculum is much more than meets the eye; it’s the very serious endeavour of starting a life-long path of learning, and having a little fun along the way!
It looks like play but it meets an academic goal:
- Block building – Mathematical goals (spatial concepts, problem solving, balance and weights, cooperation)
- Stringing beads – Mathematical goals (correspondence counting, patterns, sequencing); Literacy goals (visual motor coordination, left to right concepts)
- Finger plays and rhymes – Literacy goals (auditory discrimination, phonetic skills, auditory memory, concept comprehension, visual motor coordination, vocabulary development)
- Concentration game – Literacy goals (visual discrimination, symbolic decoding, visual memory, concept development; Mathematical goals (matching and classification)
- Drawing and painting – Literacy goals (symbolic representation, visual memory, visual motor coordination, creative expression)
I hope these materials have enabled you to understand the amount of care and consideration that goes into to planning a quality and worthwhile preschool experience for your child.
As we look forward to our new theme for the next 2 weeks (Farm Animals), we wait in anticipation for Friday the 17th of August, when the FARM ANIMALS will visit us right here at school during our school morning. This is a wonderful experience for the little ones as they get to interact with the animals, and even enjoy a pony ride right here at school! Can’t wait!
- Parents please take note that next week is a short week, with a public Holiday on Thursday (the 9th of August – National Woman’s Day), and a School Holiday on Friday (the 10th of August). School will be CLOSED on both of these days
We hope that all of our moms have a wonderful day of celebration on Woman’s Day!
And not forgetting Spring Day which is just around the corner…As part of our Spring theme, one of our moms has generously offered to work alongside us in organising an exciting Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatters Spring Tea Party for the children on the morning of the 31st of August. To make our morning even more exciting, please would Moms create an Alice in Wonderland “Mad Hat” for their child / children for their Mad Hatters Tea Party. Time to get those creative juices flowing…Fun, fun, fun! And not forgetting dress up: Moms, please dress your child / children in a Wonderland character of your choice / your child’s favourite dress up costume on the day. We can’t wait! The children are going to have a wonderful morning! Thanks Moms and Dads
Our Bible theme for next week is: Peter helps Dorcas
Dorcas was always doing good and helping the poor. Sometimes she sewed and made clothes for people. She followed Jesus. The disciples were sad when Dorcas became sick and then died. They washed her body and put her in an upstairs room to wait until she was buried. When the disciples heard that Peter was nearby, they sent 2 men to go and get him. When Peter arrived, he knew it was time to show everyone that the good news of Jesus was true. He asked everyone to leave the room and then knelt down and prayed. After he prayed, he turned to the woman and said, “Get up”. The woman opened her eyes and when she saw Peter she set up. Peter took her hand and helped her to her feet. This was a miracle! God’s power could heal people and even raise them from the dead. This lesson teaches children the difference their lives can have on others, and the power of how the Lord can work in our lives.
That’s it for this week Moms and Dads. But before we go…
Due to next week being a short week, there will be no Friday newsletter, but we will be back soon.
A little thought for the day
I’m blessed with everything I need. I am working had towards everything I want. And most of all, I appreciate and thank God for what I have.
Blessings to all for a wonderful weekend ahead
Love Anne, Chantal, and the Team at Baby Blessings