What has happened:
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!
Angelica, Christiane, & Caroline
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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!
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!
Malaina, Emily, Zoe and Brad
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…
Rainbow looms bands
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.
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.
Krista, Tess, and Kelly