What we did: Spring is finally here! In the month of February we learned about letters I through L. We completed a ton of fun art projects this month. For letter I we learned about how igloos are made and then constructed our very own miniature versions out of sugar cubes and icing. Then we made fun and colorful jellyfish for the letter J. Due to all of the snow days we did not get to focus on letter K in as much detail. Valentine’s day fell perfectly on L week. We spent the day learning about love and we made heart crowns. For the rest of the week we made lion masks.
What’s to come: We will start off the first week of March with letter M. The whole week is dedicated to music! We started learning a new song called Froggie Goes a courtin’ we’re learning how to keep beats and follow rhythms with hand held musical instruments. For letter N we’ll be making noodle necklaces! We’ll be learning about the ocean for letter O, writing plays for letter P and then finishing the month off with letters Q and R.
In February we continued working on our letter of the week unit. We worked on letter I though M. During letter I we constructed igloos with sugar cubes and icing. For letter J we made our own jellyfish in art. They were beautifully displayed for a short time. The days that we focused on letter K was cut short sadly due to snow days. Letter L’s week was focused on love and lollipops, we made lollipop art and celebrated love on Valentine's day. We moved from February to March with music week! We will be learning about beats, keeping rhythm, and learning a new song!
What is to come: We are coming close to the end of our letter of the week unit! During March we will be working on letters M through R. We have already started our music week for letter M. We are learning the song Froggie Went a Courtin’, and learning how to keep beat while we sing with handheld instruments. For letter N we will be creating noodle necklaces and learning about the night time. Letter O’s week will be focused on the ocean! We will be using pizza and pennies during letter P to learn more addition, alongside acting out a play! To finish off March we will be combining the letter Q & R. For Q we will be making our own quilts with scrapbook paper. And letter R will be about experiments with rain and rainbows!
March is here and our friends have been embracing the warm, windy, cold and rainy weather with open arms. Whether acting out scenes from Star Wars, playing soccer and four square, or swinging on the tire swing our friends have been seeming to enjoy recess more than usual and it has been great to see so many of our green team kids making friends with others they might not have known so well at the start of the year!
February was a blast- our group had tons of fun learning about the Chinese New Year, creating authentic looking treasure maps and sharing valentines they received during the school-day. We hope everyone had a wonderful break; it was great hearing about all of the different trips our friends went on, whether they were quick trips up to NH or if they were out of country excursions.
Our friends have been working very hard at earning paperclips for our paperclip chain. The group’s goal is to earn paperclips which we have been connecting into a chain in our room. Once the chain reaches the floor we can have our “paperclip party.” The group earns paperclips by working together to get in line on time, being a good audience when someone is speaking to them and for any other occasion that they choose to excel as a team. Right now our chain is at the halfway point.
We have been encouraging our friends to let us know if they have any “today in history” factoids that we could possibly use. Some kids have shared some very interesting facts which we were then able to share with the whole group (on the day they occurred). If you can think of any upcoming events you or your child find interesting, feel free to let them know so we can share them during one of our upcoming meetings!
Reminders: Please remember that the sign out sheets are a legal document. We ask that you sign out child out on a daily basis! Today in History Highlights
Some of the February history highlights included Dr. Seuss’s birthday, World Wildlife Day, and learning about the “Curse of the Bambino.”
What to look forward to in March It is the time of year for one of HEDP’s most requested activity... Wish Days! Each child has the opportunity to pick a special activity for their wish day! While some have chosen to have a pizza party and ice cream party, others have a huge interest in sports themed days or being the teacher for the day! We will grant each child’s wish in the month of March and April! We are so excited about all of the wonderful, thoughtful, and creative wishes the students have picked. This is the first year that having a wish of being teacher for the day has been so popular. Students that picked this wish are eager to use the walkie talkie, lead the meeting, and plan the activities and schedule for the day. We are also excited that those who chose a specific sport, extended it into a themed day based on the sport they chose. For instance, a wish for a baseball themed day will take place on Monday, April 3rd to coincide with the Red Sox home opener! As a reminder in advance, on any electronic’s wish day, students are not allowed to use a cell phone or take pictures on any device they bring in. HEDP will provide computers, ipad, and kindle for those who do not bring in an electronic from home. A notice will be provided in advance of any wish days that need advanced notification such as electronic’s day.
In addition to wish days, we will continue to help students achieve their yearly goals!
Spring Drama Club Spring has come to HEDP, and so has a new season of 4-7 Drama Club! We have switched the club meeting days to FRIDAYS, so that it can incorporate new students who were unable to attend on Wednesdays. Just as did the Autumnal production, we will spend 2 weeks crafting a story & script together so that the students may develop their own characters. We are excited to see what the students come up with! Whatever the final outcome, we will have fun rehearsing it for 4 weeks through April Vacation before starting set and stage design. Updates to come!
Friendly Reminders Please remember that the sign out sheets are a legal document. We ask that you sign out child out on a daily basis!
We will continue to go outside on a daily basis. Please be sure your child comes with appropriate clothing for the weather!
During the month of February the children made homemade ice cream on Groundhog day with the hope that the groundhog won’t see his shadow and Spring would be coming soon! Our temporary tattoo activity was such a hit that we will offer this again during the month of March. With parent permission, the children will use their imaginations and artistic skills to apply temporary tattoos (made out of cold cream, water, cornstarch, and food coloring) to their hands and arms. We celebrated Valentine’s Day with the outside readers completing our reading of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by enjoying chocolate dipped fruit sticks. As a group we also began reading stories and discussing what it means to be a good friend.
In the upcoming month, the children will continue exploring what it means to be a good friend by completing work on their “Friend-ships.” When all the children on the Yellow team finish their projects they will be installed on our wall in the cafeteria. The Yellow Team will continue to celebrate the changing of the seasons, and on March 20th we will welcome spring with a special celebration involving a special snack and some writing about the season. At the request of the children, each Yellow team member will have the opportunity to take center stage during our daily meeting (if they would like to) to share something with the whole group. During this time they may choose to demonstrate their reading skills by sharing their favorite story, share a favorite toy from home, or lead the group in a game. We will be asking over the next few days to see who is interested in participating in what we’re calling the “15 Minutes of Fame.” We will make a schedule based on who is interested and which days they attend Extended Day. The schedule will be posted in the near future, with at least 2 weeks notice, to ensure that you and your child have plenty of time to prepare. If you know your child will be absent on the particular day please let us know so that your child’s “15 Minutes of Fame” can be rescheduled.
Please make sure that as the weather changes that children are dressing appropriately because we always go outside to enjoy some fresh air. Please make sure you sign your child out each and every day!
We would like to thank the families that donated items to our classroom and the program. Thank you for helping us to make the experience of all the children on the Yellow team a wonderful one! A couple of reminders this month…
Wish List Clorox Wipes Rainbow looms bands Aqua Beads
Looking back: February was filled with fun projects and events! Many students got the opportunity to work towards their extended day goal. We started the month learning about Groundhog Day and celebrated the Super Bowl with a party. During our science and engineering week we observed an egg in vinegar and took notes of our observations. The class got to watch a vinegar volcano erupt and experiment with static electricity using balloons and other materials. The kids drafted designs for a castle and then constructed their buildings using marshmallows and frosting as the glue. We also had a friendship themed week where we focused on how to be a good friend. The students came up with the qualities they think would make a good friend and we discussed how you should treat others the way you would like to be treated.
The snow brought endless amounts of fun. It was great to have everyone so excited to be outside and enjoy all the activities you can do in the snow. The kids who brought in helmets had a blast sledding on the side hill. After the snow days and February break, the kids returned to a Dr. Seuss themed week! So far we have practiced rhyming, read Dr. Seuss stories, and worked on themed art projects.
Springing Forward: As we head into March we will continue to have students focus on achieving their goals. We will celebrate the beginning of Spring and study about rain and flowers. We will also have a week dedicated to bugs and exploring all different types of creepy crawlers. As the weather warms up we plan to spend more time outside learning and playing different sports.