Happy 2017! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday break. We have another fun and busy month ahead.
January’s focus in science and social studies will be on the season of winter, winter animals and hibernation. As the month progresses, we will discover what the other side of the world is experiencing while we are chilly here in New England. Our exploration will take us to Australia where the weather is much warmer!
The dramatic play area this month is being transformed into the Sacred Heart Medical Center. The doctor’s office will be stocked with some important medical supplies so our “doctors” and “nurses” can help out all our incoming “patients” this month. I will also take this time to discuss the importance of good hand washing and general rules that are essential to keep all of the germs away during this cold and flu season!
This month in the block area we have the wooden blocks for the children to use. Because blocks are designed in mathematical units, the children playing with them develop a concrete understanding of concepts essential to logical thinking. Blocks truly are an amazing learning tool because children learn about sizes, shapes, numbers, orders, area, length and weight while also using their wonderful problem solving and social skills to work together as a unit.
Our next monthly Show and Tell will be on January 26th for the children who attend school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and January 27th for the children who attend school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. As always, please help your child find an object at home that starts with the letters that we have been working on. I will send out a reminder in our weekly O.W.L. newsletter as the dates approach. The letters we will focus on this month are Gg, Ll, Rr, Ww, Hh, Uu, Zz, and Qq.
In January we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by learning about his dream for a better world. We will discuss why we celebrate this important American figure.
As always if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via my email; email@example.com
Dates to Remember:
January 4th (Wednesday) - School Reopens
January 13th (Friday) No school, Professional Development Day
January 16th (Monday) – Martin Luther King Day
January 18th (Wednesday) – Pizza Lunch Day
January 18th (Wednesday) – Class Picture Day
January 25th- (Wednesday)- Early Dismissal
January 26th – Show and Tell (T/TH Class)
January 27th - Show and Tell (MWF Class)
January 29th - February 4th - Catholic Schools Week (More information will be sent home soon)
January 29th (Sunday) - Open House for interested new families- 1:00 - 3:00p.m.
If you know of any neighbors, friends and/or relatives that may be interested please let them know.