THE RED ROOM REPORTER
JANUARY 4 – 8, 11 – 15, AND 18 – 22
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful break. My break was restful, but I am ready to get back to a normal schedule. I know the Red Roomers will be glad to see both their human and animal friends and get back into our routine. J
We had to say goodbye to Miss Emma on the last day before Winter Break. Emma will be doing her student teaching this semester at Lincoln Elementary. Emma will be missed but she promised to come back for visits.
We have a new addition to the Kinderfarm staff! Miss Maya Haukap will be joining us beginning January 4. Maya has been working as a nanny the past two years and is looking forward to working in the classroom. Welcome Miss Maya!
Now it is January, and the days tend to be cold and cloudy. I know that I struggle to get out of bed on some of those cold mornings and I bet moms and dads do to. Please keep this in mind as we come back from Winter Break and your little one might have a hard time during morning drop offs. Some of the children feel the January blues just as the adults do and sometimes the way they express it is to cry or cling to mom or dad in the morning. Once we get back into the routine and the daylight hours get longer it will get better.
Book orders are coming back! Order forms will be sent home January 4 and 5. Orders are due back by Wednesday, January 13. Please make checks payable to “Scholastic”. DO NOT SEND CASH PLEASE. We do not have an online account with Scholastic so orders must be placed directly through us.
We will spend the next three weeks on a winter unit and learning about Martin Luther King. Please note that Share Days are January 15 and 21.
Kinderfarm will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.
Please be sure that your child wears winter appropriate clothing to school. Children should be dressed in layers so that they can take off and put-on clothing items as needed throughout the day. Temperatures in the building can change drastically during high traffic times when the front door is opened many times. Also, please continue to send snow pants with your child each time they attend Kinderfarm even if there is no snow. As I have mentioned many times, it is colder at Kinderfarm and it is almost always windy and snow pants offer an extra layer of warmth. We can spend upwards of an hour outdoors and so the extra layer is a must.
MONDAY – A new month means it is time for us to make something for the coatroom bulletin board. Be sure to ask your child what they made for everyone to enjoy as they come into the building.
TUESDAY – Fine motor skills, cutting, and gluing skills will be practiced today as the children tear and glue white paper to a half circle. Facial features and a carrot nose cutout will complete the snowman picture.
WEDNESDAY – The weatherman is calling for a huge snowstorm in the Red Room today! Be sure to ask your child about it!
THURSDAY – Sequencing skills will be put to the test as the children cut out and glue pictures of a snowman being built in the correct order. A game of Snag a Snowball is also on our agenda.
FRIDAY – Red Roomers will practice shape recognition skills as they create a penguin. Be sure to ask your child which penguin sits on the egg. Surprised?
JANUARY 11 – 15
MONDAY – This morning the children will be making bird feeders for our feathered friends out of piper cleaners threaded with Cheerios. The feeders will be hung in trees around the Kinderfarm campus.
Counting skills will be put to the test this afternoon as the children complete a snowman dot-to-dot activity. The Freeze Dance will round out our time together.
TUESDAY – Today’s activity will bring the beauty of icicles indoors using torn pieces of blue construction paper, tissue paper, and aluminum foil.
WEDNESDAY – An art activity combined with a letter recognition game are on today’s agenda. The Red Roomers will also be practicing their fine motor skills and observation skills as they drop colored saltwater onto a block of ice. What happened? Ask your child.
THURSDAY – Math skills will snowball with today’s cool counting activity. The activity involves paint, so it might not come home until next week. A game or two of Snowflake Bingo is also on today’s agenda.
FRIDAY – We will be making a rather unique snowman this morning. Ask your child if they can remember what we used to make them. (Hint: they are used to mash potatoes).
TODAY IS ALSO SHARE DAY!
JANUARY 18 – 22
MONDAY – NO SCHOOL
TUESDAY – Martin Luther King gave a speech in which he said, “I have a dream”. After reading a book about Dr. King the boys and girls will complete an art project illustrating their dream for the future.
This afternoon we will have an egg cracking activity. The children will examine both brown and white eggs. After discussing the obvious outside difference each child will get to crack one open and examine the inside. Are the insides different? Now what to do with all the cracked eggs…. why, scrambled eggs of course! Today’s activity might be a great opener for more discussion at home.
WEDNESDAY – The white dove is a sign of peace. The Red Roomers will be making a dove to share with you at home. The children will also be bringing home a treat with a message to share at home.
THURSDAY – TODAY IS SHARE DAY!
FRIDAY – Today we will be discussing how words or actions can harm a heart, make someone feel bad, and takes time to heal. Our art activity will illustrate this discussion.
SENDING YOU ALL WARM WISHES!