January 22, 2016
JANUARY BIRTHDAYS: Sofia Soyugenc turned 5 years old on the 6th and Devon Belcher will be turning 4 years old on the 31st. We wish them both a very Happy Birthday!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Kindergarten Information Night will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd at 4:30 pm. This meeting is for all parents of prospective Kindergarten and Jr. Kindergarteners. If your child will be turning 5 by December 31st, 2016, you are encouraged to attend. Please join us at our Information Night to find out more information on our comprehensive curriculum and how it is tailored to meet each individual child’s needs, interests, and abilities. Registration for the 2016-2017 Kindergarten year starts at the Information Night and continues until February 10th. If you have any questions, please contact Suzie Brunner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-564-3004.
IN-SCHOOL FIELD TRIP: Next Wednesday, January 27th, from 10:30-11:45 (in the mini-gym), Dave DiNaso will be presenting his “Traveling World of Reptiles.” It is an up-close, live, and extremely hands-on experience about reptiles and amphibians from around the world. If you have any reservations about your child participating in this experience, please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.
COMMUNITY HAPPENING: Visit the Enchanted Railroad at the Morton Arboretum between January 15th and February 21st. Go to www.mortonarb.org for more information.
This week we started our multi-week unit on WINTER, WATER, SNOW and ICE. We covered a little bit of all four of those concepts this week during various activities.
WINTER: We discussed animals that live in winter weather (i.e. cold temperatures). The children were each given an animal and they had to identify what it was and name the location in which it lives – warm or cold weather. Some of the winter weather animals were snow leopard, penguin, walrus, polar bear, Alaskan husky, and snow bunny. Another concept related to winter is clothing. We did two fun activities with our winter gloves. The first one was to find out which color was most popular among our gloves. Each child hung one of his/her gloves to a clothesline with a clip. We grouped the colors together and then counted them. We discovered that blue was the color of the most gloves (6) and purple was the least (2). As a follow up to that, the children designed their own poster board gloves by tracing his/her hand like a mitten and coloring it in. The mittens were cut out and we hung them on a clothesline on display. Blue and purple were no longer the most and least popular color with these gloves. J
WATER and ICE: The children learned that water comes in three forms – liquid, solid, and gas. They were shown a cup of water, a bowl of ice, and they watched as Pauline threw a large pitcher of boiling water into the cold air outside. It was explained that liquid, if picked up in our hand, just spills out. Water in a solid form can be held in our hand in its current form. The last, demonstrated how the water evaporates in the air and can no longer be seen.
SNOW: We did an experiment with snow in which we collected a cup of snow and placed it in a bowl, and a cup of water was put in another bowl. We waited for the snow to melt and observed if the amounts would still be equal. We were surprised to discover that as the snow melted, the water evaporated and after almost two hours, all that was left was two tablespoons of water. It was not even close to being equal. It was also a visual of why we have to keep snow outside and why we only have snow in the winter, because otherwise it melts.
Next week our unit continues with more experiments, books and games.
HAVE AN OUTSTANDING WEEKEND!
Pauline, Patty, Suzie, and Tammy