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133 RED NEWSLETTER

January 22, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

v  KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT:  Kindergarten information night will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd at 4:30 pm.  This meeting is for all parents of perspective Kindergarten and Jr. Kindergarten parents.  If your child will be turning 5 by December 31st, 2016, you are encouraged to attend.  Please join us for 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 2016-2017 Kindergarten year starts at the Information Night and continues until February 10th.  If you have any questions about the Information Night please contact Suzie Brunner at sbrunner@gbnchildcare.com or (847)564-3004. 

v  THE TRAVELING WORLD OF REPTILES:  We are excited to be inviting back the Traveling World of Reptiles to GBN!  It is an up-close, live and interactive experience with reptiles and amphibians from around the world!  They will be visiting GBN on January 27th from 10:30-11:45 am in the mini gym. 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Green Valentines

Date: February 14, 2016

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST

Website:http://www.naturemuseum.org/

Event Description:

Show how much you love our planet by creating cards from old magazines, reused ribbons and other re-purposed materials.

Location:

eggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL  60614

Date/Time Information:

Feb 16, 2016, 11am-1pm

Contact Information:

773-755-5100

Fees/Admission:

Free with Museum admission; $9/Adults, $7/Students & Senior 60+, $6/Ages 3-12 and Free/ages 2 and under.

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

            As a staff, we noticed that the children have had a real interest in maps lately, so the teachers decided it would be fun to switch gears and take a closer look at maps.  We explained that maps show us where we are and can direct us to where we want to go.  We showed the children the different parts of a map and that the pictures represent "landmarks" in their environment.  During group time this week, we created a map of our classroom.  The teachers drew some of the landmarks in our classroom on a piece of paper.  We drew the doors and the windows.  Each of the children was given a small piece of paper to draw a different part of the classroom.  One child drew Sushi's tank, one drew the literacy table and others drew the tables in the middle of the room.  It was so fun to see the children feel pride in their ability to understand the map and want to keep adding details. 

            For art this week, we built our own houses out of craft sticks.  We know that on maps, houses can be landmarks.  The children built their own houses and included each house's different structures. 

            As per the children's request, and much to their teachers' delight, we will be starting our dinosaur project next week!  It will also be fun to look at the different reptiles that the reptile show will bring and see how they relate to the dinosaurs we will be learning about! 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hilary, Gina, and Jessica