THE RED ROOM REPORTER
FEBRUARY 17-21, 24-28, AND MARCH 2-6
The Valentine parties were a success despite the bitter cold. The children truly love exchanging cards and treats with their classmates. They also enjoyed learning about their own heart. They tried feeling it by placing their hand on their chest and checking their pulse on their neck. After exercising they could really feel it!
The next three weeks will be filled with a huge variety of fun activities! President’s Day, dental health, Black History Month, famous artists, leap year activities, a fun holiday that the Bacon brothers celebrate, a famous birthday, visits from Ms. Casey, and welcoming a new month are all on the agenda. I am exhausted from just writing all of that! 😊
We began accepting registration for this summer and next fall from families currently not enrolled at Kinderfarm on February 1. Spaces are beginning to fill up quickly so if you have not returned your summer/fall paperwork please do so as soon as possible. Please note that tuition rates for the summer are based on two six-week sessions. Tuition during the school year is monthly and based on four weeks.
Parent/teacher conferences will be Monday, March 2 (8:00 – 12:00 and 4:00 – 7:00 PM). If you would like to schedule a conference, please give Kinderfarm a call at (319) 351-3438 to arrange a time. The last day to schedule a conference is Tuesday, February 25 by 3:30 PM. Conferences generally last about twenty minutes and we ask that you leave your Kinderfarmer and siblings at home. Please note that there are no classes on conference day.
Kinderfarm will be closed March 16 – 20 for Spring Break
MONDAY – We will begin our time together by reading George Washington and the Cherry Tree. Cherry trees, cherry turnovers, and George Washington booklets will keep us busy today.
TUESDAY – Abraham Lincoln might have been President but before he lived in the White House, he lived in a log cabin. When you see the log cabin your child made today, be sure to ask your child who is looking out of the window.
WEDNESDAY – Brushing skills will be put to the test this morning as the boys and girls brush a black tooth white. Ask your child to show you their brushing technique. Also ask them which teeth they should brush.
Ms. Casey will be our guest this afternoon. Be sure to ask your child what the theme of her story time was today.
THURSDAY – Shape and letter recognition skills will be practiced this morning as the children play Bingo. Who would have thought that practicing these skills could be so fun! 😉
Our afternoon will be spent discussing foods that are good for our teeth and foods that are not. The children will illustrate our findings to share with you.
FRIDAY – Kinderfarm parent Ashlynne Steen will be our guest this morning. She will be introducing us to Black History Month. She has some fun books, an art project, and snack to share with us!
Cutting skills will be put to the test this afternoon as the children each make a giant toothbrush. The phrase for the afternoon…cut, cut, STOP!
FEBRUARY 24 – 28
MONDAY – We will kick off our famous artist unit looking at works by Picasso. Next the children will be given circles and rectangles of assorted colors to create their own mini masterpieces.
TUESDAY – Ms. Casey will be our guest this morning. Be sure to ask your child what the theme of her story time was.
Works by Michelangelo will be the topic of this afternoon’s discussions. After looking at pictures of the Sistine Chapel, the children will attempt to paint pictures of their own while lying under the kitchen table. Michelangelo did prefer sculpting to painting so while your child is waiting for a turn to paint, they may “sculpt” with playdough.
WEDNESDAY – Vincent Van Gogh is most famous for his painting, Sunflowers. After looking at pictures of some of Van Gogh’s other works the children will have a chance to paint their own Sunflowers.
THURSDAY – We will begin our time by trying to guess what our friends are thinking just by looking at their facial expressions. Next, we will look at da Vinci’s famous painting, the Mona Lisa. We will end our time together trying to figure out what the woman in the picture is thinking about or what she might say. I will record the children’s thoughts and post them along with their pictures in the Red Room.
FRIDAY – TOMORROW IS LEAP DAY! And since Leap Day only happens every four years, we must have a celebration of course! We will be playing with leap frogs, having fun with shaving cream, playing in the water table, and making a memory note to bring home to save and re-read on the next Leap Day.
MARCH 2 – 6
MONDAY – CONFERENCE DAY
TUESDAY – Wilbur and Hamlet, also known as the Bacon brothers, reminded us that March 1 was National Pig Day. We must celebrate our most favorite pigs! After reading If You Give a Pig a Pancake, we will head to the kitchen to make pancakes for snack. Of course, we will save a pancake to share with the boys. J
They say that the month of March comes in like a lion. After reading the book Tawny Scrawny Lion, the children will illustrate this this afternoon.
WEDNESDAY – The second part to the yesterday’s saying is “March goes out like a lamb”. I bet you can guess what the Red Roomers will be making this morning!
We will round out our week with Dr. Suess books. Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel would have been 99 years old on March 2. After reading The Foot Book I will trace each child’s foot on paper for them to cut out. We will then compare our foot cutouts. Whose foot was the biggest? Whose was the smallest? Ask your child.
THURSDAY – The book Daisy-Head Mayzie will be our guide this morning with an art project to follow. No…that is not a daisy growing out of your child’s head! Ask them to tell you about the book.
Green Eggs and Ham is probably one of Dr. Suess’ most famous books so of course we need to include it in our birthday tribute. After graphing the boys and girls’ predictions as to who will like green eggs and who will not, we will head to the kitchen and find out! Did more like them or not? Ask your Kinderfarmer.
FRIDAY – Math skills and rhyming skills will be practiced today with the help of Dr. Suess books One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and The Cat in The Hat. Perhaps you have other Dr. Suess books in your homes to share with your child! Happy reading!
SPRING IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!