We kicked off our celebration by reading the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. For those unfamiliar with this inspiring story, it is about a young girl who discovers her unique artistic style by painting a dot! While reading the book I asked the children what the dot on the page looked like to them.
What does Vashti's dot look like to you?
Max – eyeball
Gianna – black
Brianna – ladybug
Sarah – bee
Caiden – a drink like a cup
Dessa – a ladybug
Melanie – a dinosaur
Tyler – a spider
Jonah – an eyeball
Aviana – yellow
Jordan – a horsie
Sophia – a mirror
Kellen – black
Follow up activities to reading included making our mark using dot markers, creating our own dots by coloring with markers on coffee filters then spraying with water to watch the colors “bleed” together, creating a dot mural & going on a classroom dot hunt. We also used dot markers on the first letter of our names by filling in the dots.
Additional inspiring dot books read this week included Put Me in the Zoo (Robert Lopshire) & Lots of Dots (Craig Frazier). These books truly sparked our imaginations. After reading Put Me in the Zoo we brainstormed a list of rhyming words. These are some of the word pairs we came up with:
Brianna – dot/spot
Joseph – book/nook
Sarah – smock/sock
We have almost completed decorating our birthday crowns. Once finished, they will be displayed in the classroom. When it is our special day, we will have our crown ready to wear!
In addition to International Dot Week, Friday was the 75th birthday of Curious George! We celebrated by reading Curious George's First Day of School (Margret & H.A. Rey) as well as eating delicious yellow mini cupcakes baked by Ms. Sheri for the happy occasion. We also sang “Happy Birthday” to our curious friend.
For some of our children, the honeymoon appears to be over. While some children experienced anxiety during the first few days of preschool, others have now realized that this is their new routine. Both scenarios are very typical for young children. Here are a few ideas to help out:
- Clearly state to your child where you will be & when you will return. It may also be helpful to discuss what will happen when you are reunited.
- Maintain a clear good-bye routine. This may include telling your child you are leaving in 3 minutes, a kiss & hug, or a wave from the window. Once you tell your child you are leaving, it is important to follow through. Extending the good-bye with, "Ok just one more kiss, & then I really have to go” tends to heighten anxiety rather than relieve it. Avoid sneaking out, as this seems to encourage children to become less trusting & might make the next drop off day even harder.
I promise you, it is so much harder on us as parents than it actually is on our kids. Try not to feel guilty. I've been there myself. Children are so much more resilient than we give them credit for & adjust much easier than we think they can. While some might take a bit longer than others to adjust, they all eventually have a wonderful time in preschool.
- We are working on dates for school picture day. Flyers & envelopes will be sent home as soon as the date is confirmed with our photographer.
- Field trip information to come soon.
- Some of our families have requested to order Creative Kids t-shirts. An order form is attached. Please submit your order by Sept. 27th if you would like to order a shirt.
- Please keep sending in those family photos for our family tree.
- Scholastic book orders will be placed this weekend.
Always feel free to speak to any of us about any concerns/issues you might have. We are all in this together & want your child to have the most positive preschool experience possible!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Ms. Sheri, Ms. Joyce, Ms. Sarah, Miss Fabi & Miss Bethany