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April 22, 2019 Newsletter

“S” is for seeds, sunshine and Spring! “T” is for terrific Threes Class! That’s right, last week we delved into plenty of seeds, sunshine and Spring, those terrific Threes!!

There was an abundance of sunshine so we soaked up a lot of Vitamin D playing outside in this beautiful Spring weather. The birds are back and we enjoyed their singing every morning!
We investigated seeds and found out they differ in size, shape and color. Each child planted Marigold seeds in a pot. The class heard a funny book, “The Garden,” by Arnold Lobel. In the story, a toad planted seeds but thought you had to read stories, sing songs and play the violin for the seeds to come up. Let your child tell you what a seed and plant really needs to grow. Some of our boys and girls brought seeds to add to our SEED poster. This and other posters will be on display in our room.

It’s never too early for children to make a graph. Our graph was, “What is your favorite flavor jelly bean?” You can tell from the photo below that the pink was most popular. Seeing a graph, teaches concepts of most and least.

I hope you and your family had a nice Easter and that you enjoyed the card of your little “chick” popping out of the egg!

This week, we are on to learning about Community Helpers. A Cobb County police officer will visit us on Friday to speak to the children on keeping safe. We learned our home address today and made a mailbox for our letter(s) from home. If you have not sent your letter or picture in an envelope yet, you still have time. Don’t forget to have your child dress up like his favorite Community Helper on THURSDAY!

Have a Nice Week,
Wanda and Sandy

April 13, 2019 Newsletter

It was butterfly week in Early School! We heard books of this magical transformation of caterpillar to butterfly like the famous Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” We made a sweet caterpillar from the story and we will use it to adorn our bulletin board.

Your child can now name all the stages of a butterfly’s life in order. The boys and girls demonstrated this in a project made of all things…… PASTA! Can you name the pasta shape and stage it represented?: Orzo (egg), Rotini (caterpillar), Shell (chrysalis) and Farfalle (butterfly). All placed on a plate to show the cycle……..just too cute!

We covered the letters Q and R and made a queen and a rabbit for the letter crafts! The children learned the purpose of a question mark.

Next week, it’s on to the subject of seeds and how plants grow. Bring some seeds to school next week and we will make a poster on Friday of the different types of seeds . No need to buy them, just save the seeds from the fruit or vegetables you eat.

Have a super week ahead.
Wanda and Sandy

March 30, 2019 Newsletter

Happy Spring Break!!

We feel so much gratitude for showering us with gifts last week during Teacher Appreciation. Our families are the most generous on campus. Sandy and I LOVED the funny and touching book about us, seen through the eyes of the boys and girls!! Please accept our heartfelt THANKS!.

It was an Egg-Cellent week if you don’t mind the pun!! The children had a blast finding eggs during our traditional egg hunt at the party. Many thanks to Amanda, Gina, Jennifer, Nicole and Amanda’s grandmother for throwing a fun-filled party Thursday!

We learned about animals that hatch from eggs (Oviparous is the scientific term) and made cute crafts like the bluebird hatching out and the sequence of the hatching chick. Ask your child to tell you some animals that come from eggs.

After Spring Break, it’s on to Letters Q & R and the life cycle of the butterfly.

Enjoy your week ahead and see you on Apr. 8.

Wanda and Sandy

March 23, 2019 Newsletter

One more week to go until Spring Break (April 1-5)!! Don’t forget there will be NO TREE HOUSE on Friday, March 29 after class. Every child will go home in car line at 12:45!!!! My husband and I will be going to our hometown, New Orleans, where we will go on a gastronomical tour. If you have been to Louisiana, you know the food is phenomenal!

The class had a great time this week playing games with our 5 Senses. We played, “What’s Missing?” for our sense of sight. “Who or What is Making That Sound?” for our sense of hearing. “What’s That Smell? where we had to guess at mystery scents. We tasted something salty, sweet, sour and bitter for taste. We felt an object in the mystery bag and had to guess what it was without peeking. Plus, your preschooler made a fantastic book that he can refer to over and over again. I explained to them that we INVESTIGATE or learn through our 5 Senses. We each created our own “Mr. Potato Head” and had fun playing a game with “Mr. Potato Head.”

We also covered the letters O & P. For our letter craft, we made “Oscar the Grouch” from Sesame Street and a picnic tablecloth for letter P. Speaking of picnics, we had a fantastic pizza picnic Friday on the field with plenty of sunshine, music but no ants!

Our Spring party is this Thursday! Please don’t forget your dozen candy-filled plastic eggs for our egg hunt. Fingers crossed for a nice morning!

Next week, will be letter review, plus we will learn about animals that hatch from eggs (oviparous animals) and will do fun things on this subject.

“Popcorn” is the answer to the question. We use all 5 senses when we eat it!

Have a splendid weekend.

Wanda and Sandy

March 23, 2019 Newsletter

One more week to go until Spring Break (April 1-5)!! Don’t forget there will be NO TREE HOUSE on Friday, March 29 after class. Every child will go home in car line at 12:45!!!! My husband and I will be going to our hometown, New Orleans, where we will go on a gastronomical tour. If you have been to Louisiana, you know the food is phenomenal!

The class had a great time this week playing games with our 5 Senses. We played, “What’s Missing?” for our sense of sight. “Who or What is Making That Sound?” for our sense of hearing. “What’s That Smell? where we had to guess at mystery scents. We tasted something salty, sweet, sour and bitter for taste. We felt an object in the mystery bag and had to guess what it was without peeking. Plus, your preschooler made a fantastic book that he can refer to over and over again. I explained to them that we INVESTIGATE or learn through our 5 Senses. We each created our own “Mr. Potato Head” and had fun playing a game with “Mr. Potato Head.”

We also covered the letters O & P. For our letter craft, we made “Oscar the Grouch” from Sesame Street and a picnic tablecloth for letter P. Speaking of picnics, we had a fantastic pizza picnic Friday on the field with plenty of sunshine, music but no ants!

Our Spring party is this Thursday! Please don’t forget your dozen candy-filled plastic eggs for our egg hunt. Fingers crossed for a nice morning!

Next week, will be letter review, plus we will learn about animals that hatch from eggs (oviparous animals) and will do fun things on this subject.

“Popcorn” is the answer to the question. We use all 5 senses when we eat it!

Have a splendid weekend.

Wanda and Sandy

March 17, 2019

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
Rainbows and Leprechauns took center stage in our classroom this week.
We made a rainbow with a prism and sunlight. The children were fascinated to see each color on the ground. We also made rainbow kites that we flew outside on that beautiful day as you can see from the photos. Nicole Hankamer also posted some photos on the school’s FB page of our class. Don’t forget to look at those pics too. Also in the photos below is a picture of our cute Leprechauns with hats and beards! I caught sight of a leprechaun outside (wink, wink) our room, but couldn’t catch him. He did leave rainbow treats for the children, which they quickly devoured. Everyone became Irish for the day………I gave each child an Irish last name by adding a “Mc” or an “O” to it for fun!

We learned two more letters……M & N and next week we focus on O & P. Next Friday, keep your fingers crossed for a nice, sunny day because we’ll have a pizza picnic!

Beside the two letters, we will have so much fun with “The Five Senses.” This is one of my favorite concepts to teach!

Our Spring Party is coming up on Thursday, March 28! On that day, the children will take part in our traditional egg hunt. We will need each child to bring in a dozen plastic candy -filled eggs for the hunt. More info. will be sent home soon. The class will love it!!

Have a fantastic week ahead—-Spring (my favorite) begins Wednesday!

Wanda and Sandy

March 9, 2019 Newsletter

Whew! What a busy week we had at the Woods! On Monday, we attended computer class where we played games on the white board. On Tuesday, our visitor, Ms. Judy Cone, a dental hygienist from Dr. John Taylor’s office, taught the class how to care for their “pearly whites.” She has been visiting children at W A for at least 27 years and demonstrating how to correctly brush your teeth and discussing good and bad foods to eat. She left each child with a coloring book and a toothbrush. She is a very devoted lady of pediatric dentistry! See the photo below.

In addition to learning about dental hygiene, we discussed other ways of staying healthy. Covering coughs and sneezes inside your elbow……this keeps your hands from spreading germs. Also, the class made a project showing a balanced plate of food. Encourage your child to try new foods……….just remind him of the character in “ Green Eggs and Ham” when he says he doesn’t like it. We discussed getting plenty of sleep, washing hands, bathing and exercising.

Moving on to the alphabet and letter K, we had a fun time playing kangaroo looking for little joeys. The children laced pouches to wear around their waist. I hid some joeys labeled with different letters and the boys and girls had to collect only the joeys with letter K on them. I posted some pictures of few of the kangaroos playing the game.

Next week our focus is on Rainbows and letters L, M and N. Also, do not miss the Book Fair held in the Kdg. Building. You will find some great new stories for bed time.

Just a reminder…………our morning car line starts at 8:35 until 8:45. Try to use car line to drop off during this time. If you are running late, please park your car away from the 2 yr. old car line. Thank you for your cooperation.

Spring Forward,
Wanda and Sandy

March. 3, 2019 Newsletter

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!

What a fun week we had exploring books from this well-loved author of children’s literature. Theodore Seuss Geisel wrote stories that not only used lots of rhyming words, but had a lesson to learn. Below are pictures of our class donning their “Cat in the Hat” bow ties and hats and a picture of the children dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss character.

The class recently learned about opposites and they love to act out a song from Dr. Jean. For a good time filler, say a word and let your child say the opposite. Let him act out the opposites. We played the game of find your opposite. Each child received a picture with a word and when I said go, they had to find the child holding his opposite. They then declared what the opposites were.

Next week’s theme is “Healthy Habits”. Ms. Judy, a dental hygienist, will show the children good dental habits. We will also focus on eating healthy. We look forward to computer class I tomorrow where the class will interact with the screen to play games and hear stories.

Kudos to you parents for coming to our conferences! We had 100% participation!

Have a lovely week ahead,
Wanda and Sandy,

Feb.17, 2019 Newsletter

We hoped you had a week filled with hugs and kisses from your little one. We celebrated Valentine’s Day with a SWEET party on Thursday.
First, we exchanged cards and candy with our friends. Kudos to you, mom and dad, for reminding your child to bring his cards to school! Each child played mail carrier by dropping his cards into their classmates decorated bags. Secondly, we ate our special snacks of cupcakes and parfaits and finally, we created some crafts. Didn’t you just love the photo of your child in that cute custom made frame? Thank you to Kristen Goin, Ashema Bharara, Jennifer Cortez and Jae Shim for throwing this exciting party! A “shout out” to Amanda Collins and Gina Avelar for organizing the event.

I am looking forward to meeting with you this Tuesday or Wednesday for conferences.

Have a Nice President’s Day,
Wanda and Sandy

Feb. 9, 2019 Newsletter

Welcome Mrs. Sandy Patel! We are so happy you joined our class!

It didn’t take Mrs. Patel anytime to learn our children nor our routines! She is a natural fit and the boys and girls love her! She has 3 children…….one daughter, Saayna, a Fourth Grader here in Mr. Ovbey’s class and 2 High Schoolers at Lovett.

It’s ironic we picked this week, a Spring-like week, to learn about Polar animals, but we made some pretty cool (pun) projects just the same. Ask your child to name a few Polar animals and why are most of them white. We learned a new word….camouflage. I hope you liked the polar bear in water and the penguins from the story, “Where is Home, Little Pip?” written by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman who also wrote, “The Bear Snores On”. I bet you can’t guess what we used to stamp the penguins? A half avocado with the seed removed! Pretty cool (pun)!

We also played games to review our letters from A-G. What better way to reinforce learning than to play games like “Feeding the Letter Muncher,” who only eats certain letters and, “Alphabet Bowling.” See the photo below of Bennett rolling the gigantic ball at the alphabet
pins.

Next week is all about Valentines and of course the letter H for hearts. Speaking of Valentines……our party is Thursday and we can’t hardly wait to pass out our specials cards and candy to our friends. Your child needs to bring to school 13 unaddressed cards for their classmates. They should sign their names on the back.

Please return the letter sent home Friday with the time for your conference. You can email me if that time does not work for you.

With this little burst of Spring comes thoughts of Summer and a reminder to reserve your child’s spot in our quickly filling camp @ the Woods. We can’t wait to share the fun filled Summer with your campers. Feel free to call the office with your questions.

Have a “hearty” week ahead,

Wanda and Sandy

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