PRESCHOOL – 133 RED

133 Newsletter 4-8-16

133 RED NEWSLETTER

April 8th, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

·        WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD BREAKFAST: Save the date! Our annual Week of the Young Child Family Breakfast for Preschool/ Kindergarten is Thursday, April 14th from 7:30am – 9:00am. If you have a younger sibling in the Infant or Toddler program, they will be holding their breakfast on Friday, April 15th.  Please refrain from bringing siblings between program breakfasts. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend one-on-one time with your older or younger child. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you all there!  

Book Fair: During WOYC, Allison Mengarelli, Manager of the Book Bin in Northbrook will hold a special book fair in our mini-gym. Books will be for sale on Thursday, April 14 7:30-9:30 am and on Friday April 15 7:30-9:30am. The book fair will also be available on-line from Monday, April 11- Monday, April 18. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to purchase books for your children, friends and family. You might even find the perfect book to present as a gift to your child's classroom!

Clothing Drive: In order to support underserved children and their mothers, we will be sponsoring a clothing and cleaning supply drive for The Lake County Haven during WOYC as well. Spring is a great time of year to de-clutter and donate. Look for signs and bins throughout the school and help by providing gently used clothing and supplies for children and moms in need of them

·        A VISIT FROM WAGNER FARMS:  Wagner farms will be visiting our school to educate the children about the animals on their farm and what these animals do for us!  If you would like your child to participate in the visit from Wagner farms, please have your child at school by 9:30 am.  Thank you! 

·        SPANISH SCHEDULE CHANGE:  For the remainder of the year, Spanish class will be held on Tuesdays instead of Thursdays. 

·        NO DANCE MONDAY:  Dance class will not be held on Monday April 11th, dance make up day will be held on Friday April 13th. 

·        DANCE MAKE UP:  The week of April 18th, dance class will be held on Friday April 22nd. 

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Name: Earth Day Celebration 2016

Date: April 17, 2016

Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT

Website:https://www.skokieparks.org/emily-oaks-nature-center

Event Description:

Travel through time to experience how Emily Oaks has changed over the past 200 years and discover how people have played a part in shaping the land from prairies to the present! Earth-friendly foods will be available for sale. Join the celebration of Earth at Emily Oaks! ENTERTAINING ACTIVITIES * EARTH-FRIENDLY FOODS * ANNUAL NATIVE PLANT SALE Sponsored by Whole Foods Market Sauganash

Location:

Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie, IL. 60076

View a Map

Date/Time Information:

April 17, 2016   Noon-4pm

Contact Information:

847-677-7001

Send an Email

Fees/Admission:

Free

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          This week for group time we learned about Michelangelo Buonarroti.  Michelangelo was a very accomplished artist who lived from 1475 to 1564.  He is known for many masterpieces such as the massive sculpture, The David, as well as his large painting project on the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.  The children saw his many pieces or art but we thought it would be fun to let the children paint the same way Michelangelo did when he painted the Sistine Chapel, on his back!  We taped a large piece of paper to the bottom of the art table and each child had a turn to lay on their back to paint their own section of the larger painting.  They thought it was so fun to paint this way and thought that Michelangelo must have gotten a lot of paint in his hair! 

          We also learned about Georges Seurat.  He was an artist who had his own special way of painting.  He painted with small dots of paint to create a larger image.  This method of painting is called, "pointillism".  On Thursday we had the children try it out.  The children used our large dot markers in a bright color to create a figure on their page, they chose squares, triangles, circles, and ovals.  They then used a darker color to fill in the rest of the paper to make their figure really pop out.  The children worked really hard to create their images! 

          Next week, our student teacher, Kayla Barnvos, will be taking over our classroom to complete her "Take Over Project".  She will be focusing on restaurants.  This will include different kinds of restaurants and what kinds of food you can order at them, who works at a restaurant, and the different areas that make a restaurant work.  Her project will last from April 11th- April 28th.  We cannot wait to see what she has in store for us!   

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hilary, Gina, and Jessica

                                     

133 Newsletter 4-1-16

133 RED NEWSLETTER

April 1st, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

·        STUDIO DAY:  On Friday, April 8th we will be having Studio Day to celebrate the arts.  If you would like your child to participate in Studio Day, please have them to school by 9:30 am.  Thank you!

·        WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD BREAKFAST:  The Week of the Young Child Family Breakfast for Preschool and Kindergarten will be Thursday, April 14th from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.  Infants and Toddlers will be hosting their own breakfast on Friday, April 15th.  If you have children in both Toddlers and Preschool/Kindergarten, please plan on attending both days to eat with each child individually.  If you have any questions please speak with your child’s lead teacher or Suzie Brunner our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.

·    WAGNER FARM:  We are excited to announce an in-school field trip on Wednesday, April 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wagner Farm will be coming. The children will have an exciting opportunity to learn about Wagner Farm's livestock in this hands-on program.  They will not only see, smell and touch the animals, but also discover the unique contributions of each animal in sustaining the farm. Each class will transition through three stations as they learn about the life cycles of dairy cows, sheep and chickens. The students will make valuable connections between the seasonality of farm work, the cultivation of farm animals and the specific role of each animal in supporting the farm family, contemporary consumers and American agriculture. If you have any questions about this event please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool Kindergarten Coordinator.

·        SPANISH SCHEDULE CHANGE:  For the remainder of the year, Spanish class will be held on Tuesdays instead of Thursdays. 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:
Cinderella... After the Ball

Name: Cinderella... After the Ball

Date: April 1, 2016

Website: http://www.MarriottTheatre.com

Event Description:

Ever wonder what happens to Cinderella after the Ball? Come witness her quest for happily ever after as she and her besties, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty, take matters into their own hands to save the kingdom from the villainous Pinocchio. Girl power abounds in this contemporary world premiere musical tale that is sure to delight children and adults alike with its toe tapping music and quick witted humor.

Location:

The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Dr, Lincolnshire, IL. 60069

Date/Time Information:

March 3 - May 8, 2016  
Most Tuesdays-Sundays at 10am and 12:30pm

Contact Information:

Box Office 847-634-0200

Fees/Admission:

$17.23

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          We have had a very artistic week in 133!  On Friday we learned about Pablo Picasso.  Picasso was an accomplished artist who lived from 1881-1973.  He was well versed in many mediums but he is most famous for his abstract paintings of faces.  We showed the children a picture of Picasso and several of his most famous works.  The children thought that Picasso was silly when he put eyes, mouths and noses in different places on the face.  The teachers explained that art does not have to look a certain way, art is how you interpret the world around you and how you want to show it.  Picasso thought that people would think about his art more if it was not perfect. 

          For art, we created our own Picasso artwork.  The children tool eyes, noses and mouths cut out from magazines and placed them where ever they wanted on a face.  They then used yarn to make hair for their Picasso person and colored the areas in with oil pastels. 

          Next week, we will continue looking at different mediums of art and the artists who created them.  We will be culminating our Art project with Studio Day! 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hilary, Gina, and Jessica

                                           

133 Newsletter 3-24-16

133 RED NEWSLETTER

March 24th, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

·        FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH:  Friday, April 1st Inside Out Day

·        SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th.

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Cinderella... After the Ball

Name: Cinderella... After the Ball

Date: April 1, 2016

Website: http://www.MarriottTheatre.com

Event Description:

Ever wonder what happens to Cinderella after the Ball? Come witness her quest for happily ever after as she and her besties, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty, take matters into their own hands to save the kingdom from the villainous Pinocchio. Girl power abounds in this contemporary world premiere musical tale that is sure to delight children and adults alike with its toe tapping music and quick witted humor.

Location:

The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Dr, Lincolnshire, IL. 60069

Date/Time Information:

March 3 - May 8, 2016  
Most Tuesdays-Sundays at 10am and 12:30pm

Contact Information:

Box Office 847-634-0200

Fees/Admission:

$17.23

 

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          The baby animals we have been seeing are too cute!  This week we learned about how a tadpole turns into a frog.  The interesting thing about frogs is that you can observe them changing from tadpole to frog unlike a caterpillar in their cocoon.  We read the book, A Frog Grows Up, by Melvin and Gilda Berger.  The children saw that tadpoles hatch from small jelly like eggs.  The tadpoles use their tails to swim around in water.  The children asked how they stayed underwater for so long.  The teachers explained that tadpoles have gills for breathing water, as they grow up, the tadpoles lose their gills and develop lungs for breathing air.  The children observed that the tadpole had no legs, and then over the course of several weeks, legs startedto sprout!  First, the back legs sprouted, then the front legs.  The tail gets shorter and shorter and the frog's mouth gets wider.  Soon, the children noticed that the tadpole was really looking like a frog!  The adult frog can then crawl out of the water, use their lungs to breathe and use their sticky tongue to catch flies. 

          For art, we realized that frogs swim in water and that ponds usually have many different colors that you can see.  The pond reflects the blue sky or a red sunset, there is green algae, and the water can sometimes look brown or yellow.  We decided to use water colors to mix the many colors that a pond can reflect.  The children saw that when the colors mixed, they made more interesting colors!  The pictures are hanging in our classroom! 

          Next week, we will be looking at different mediums of art and the artists that created some of the most iconic pieces in our history.  They will see pieces like the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo (the man, not the Ninja Turtle), Frida Khalo's self portraits, Jackson Pollack's splatter paintings, and pointelism by Georges Seurat. 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hilary, Gina, and Jessica

                                                  

133 Newsletter 3-18-16

133 RED NEWSLETTER

March 18th, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

·        FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH:

Thursday, March 24h Wacky Sock Day

                                            Friday, April 1st Inside Out Day

·        SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th.

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:


Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Name: Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Date: March 18, 2016

Event Description:

Spring ahead, with family fun for all ages at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's. Join in the fun -- and learn new things -- at the new and expanded Kids Activity Garden, where you roll up your sleeves and plant something, get up close and personal with creepy-crawly bugs or just enjoy some time on the swings or a slide in our indoor playground. Tickets for children are just $5.

Location:

Festival Hall, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL.  60611

Date/Time Information:

Mar. 12-20, 2016  Sun-Wed: 10am-6pm Thur-Sat: 10am- 8pm

Contact Information:

312-241-1250

Fees/Admission:

Children ages 4-12: $5 Adult weekday: $14 (purchased online before the show) Adult weekend: $16 (purchased online before the show)

 

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          In honor of springtime we have been learning about baby animals.  The children have been learning about what different animals are called when they are babies.  Baby owls are called "owlets", baby kangaroos are called "joeys", baby dogs are "puppies", baby cats "kittens" etc.  The children seem very interested in what each animal is called as a baby.  Connor asked, "What is a baby human called?"  We explained that a baby human is called an "infant". 

          On Friday, we read the book Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle.  The book is about a father seahorse who cares for his babies in the deep blue sea.  The children thought it was silly that the father seahorse carried the babies in his tummy.  They were surprised when the teachers explained that in real life, father seahorses actually do carry their babies in their tummies and not the mother sea horse.  We explained to the children that the mother seahorse puts her eggs inside the father seahorse's pouch on his belly.  He carries them around, keeping them safe, until they are ready to hatch.  He then cares for the little babies and teaches them how to survive as a seahorse. 

          Next week, we will be talking about more baby animals including frogs!  We will talk about the lifecycle of a frog and show the children how this transformation takes place.   

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hilary, Gina, and Jessica

                                                  

133 Newsletter 3-11-16

133 RED NEWSLETTER

March 11th, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

v  FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH: Friday, March 18th College Day

                                                       Thursday, March 24h Wacky Sock Day

                                                        Friday, April 1st Inside Out Day

v  EXTRA CHANGES OF CLOTHES:  We are all happy to see the sun peeking through the clouds, but with slightly warmer weather comes mud and puddles.  Even though your children have snow clothes, we have noticed that they are still getting wet.  Please bring your child at least two pairs of pants, two shirts, many socks and many pairs of underwear so we have something to change them into.  Thank you all for your help. 

SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th.

PARENT SEMINAR: Please join us on Thursday, March 17th from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. for a Meet and Greet Discussion with out school nurse Karen Crawford.  Please come with any questions/concerns you have regarding your child's health, safetyand/or first aid.  We look forward to seeing you there!

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME: Don't forget to spring forward this weekend.  Unfortunately that means you lose an hour of sleep.

 VISION AND HEARING RESCREENING:  If you were absent for the vision and hearing screening on Tuesday, March 1st, Julie Kupsty will be returning on Tuesday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m. She will also be performing re-screening on that day as well.

INDIVIDUAL PICTURES: We will be having individual pictures the week of March 14th.  Look for more information to be passed along soon!

 

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:


Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Name: Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Date: March 18, 2016

Event Description:

Spring ahead, with family fun for all ages at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's. Join in the fun -- and learn new things -- at the new and expanded Kids Activity Garden, where you roll up your sleeves and plant something, get up close and personal with creepy-crawly bugs or just enjoy some time on the swings or a slide in our indoor playground. Tickets for children are just $5.

Location:

Festival Hall, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL.  60611

Date/Time Information:

Mar. 12-20, 2016  Sun-Wed: 10am-6pm Thur-Sat: 10am- 8pm

Contact Information:

312-241-1250

Fees/Admission:

Children ages 4-12: $5 Adult weekday: $14 (purchased online before the show) Adult weekend: $16 (purchased online before the show)

 

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

       This week we learned all about Volcanoes!  We learned that there are many volcanoes all around the world.  There are active volcanoes, that erupt often, and dormant volcanoes, that may only erupt every few thousand years.  We also looked at what happens with different kinds of eruptions.  We talked about how when lava flows from a volcano, it flows very slowly, so people and animals have a chance to get out of its way.  When a volcano has a lot of gas and steam built up inside of it, it often explodes and produces a Pyroclastic flow.  This is a superheated cloud of ash and gas that moves faster than an airplane, about 600 miles an hour.  It is very dangerous to people or animals that live close to a volcano. 

            For group time, we played the game "Hot Lava".  The children pretended that the carpet was lava and they had to jump from "rock" to "rock" on the carpet, making sure that their feet did not hit the ground!  They laughed and said, "Ouch Ouch Ouch, It's HOT!" 

            On Friday we did the erupting volcano experiment!  The children were able to see what an erupting volcano looks like, we explained that the gases in the pretend volcano are similar to gases in a real volcano.  The gas builds up and puts pressure on the rocks and eventually it bursts in an explosion! 

            Next week, in honor of spring, we will be learning about baby animals!  We will learn about what they are called and how their animal mommies and daddies care for them. 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hilary, Gina, and Jessica

                                                     

133 RED NEWSLETTER

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH: Kindergarteners are invited to participate in Fun Fridays throughout the month of March. Each Friday will be a different themed day. 

Friday March 11th: Pattern Day

Friday March 18th: College Day

Thursday March 24th: Wacky Sock Day

Friday April 1st: Inside Out Day

STORYTIME WITH THE GLENVIEW LIBRARY: Storytime with the Glenview Library will be here on Wednesday, March 9th. Sylvia Kraft Walker will be returning to read of fun stories. Kindergarten’s time slot is from 10:50-11:30.

 VISION AND HEARING RESCREENING:  If you were absent for the vision and hearing screening on Tuesday, March 1st, Julie Kupsty will be returning on Tuesday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m. She will also be performing re-screening on that day as well.

INDIVIDUAL PICTURES: We will be having individual pictures the week of March 14th.  Look for more information to be passed along soon!

SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th.

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill

711 N. Main St.
Rockford, Ill. 61103
(815) 963-6769
www.discoverycentermuseum.org

Date: January 30, 2016 - May 15, 2016
Cost: Free with museum admission

Board the Birdwell Island ferry and journey to the world of Clifford, America’s beloved big red dog. Slide down Clifford’s tail, work together to fill Clifford’s big dog bowl with bones, hunt for sea shells at T-Bone’s beach or “work” in the fish and chip shop on Birdwell Island and more.

CURRICULUM UPDATE

     We continued our unit studying cars with lots of enthusiasm. The kids  had a wonderful time creating, and then playing with the red cardboard car in our dramatic play area. It was a great wrap-up project as it helped us review what we learned last week about car parts, and car types. It also served as a way for us to extend our learning this week as we discussed ways to maintain a car. The kids "washed" and "squeegeed" it, pumped up the car tires, and pumped gas for the car. We also played a game to learn how to follow car rules and then made our own car drivers license.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

133 Red Newsletter 2-25-16

 

133 RED NEWSLETTER

February 25th, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

·         HEARING AND VISION SCREENING:  DCFS requires all children 3, 4, and 5 years old, not in public Kindergarten, to have an annual vision and hearing screening. Every child must have this done in order for us to be in compliance. This is the parent permission form. If you have already had a vision or hearing screening this year, please bring in the paperwork. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. HEARING and VISION screening are $5 each or $10 for both! For your convenience, the screenings will take place during the day at our center on Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
·         STORY TELLER:  We have story time on Monday, March 9th from 10:00-10:40 AM.  Sylvia Kraft Walker is returning to lead us in a fun and interactive story time.  If you would like your child to attend, please have them at school before 10:00 AM.  Thank you!
·         DENTAL HEALTH PRESENTATION:  On Wednesday, March 2nd there will be a Dental Presentation from Familia Dental.  It will be held from 10:30-11:00 AM.  If you would like your child to participate, please have your child at school before 10:30.  
·         HILARY ON VACATION:  Hilary will be on vacation from February 29th-March 4th.  She will return on Monday, March 7th.  She will with family on vacation in Mexico.  Her substitute will be Jill Halteman.
·         FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH:  We are going to have Fun Fridays for March!  Here is the schedule:  
March 4th:  HAT DAY
March 11th:  PATTERN DAY
March 18th:  COLLEGE DAY
March 24th:  WACKY SOCK DAY
APRIL 1st:  INSIDE OUT DAY 

 

SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th, 2016

 

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Date: March 12, 2016

Website:http://chicagoflower.com

Event Description:

Spring ahead, with family fun for all ages at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's. Join in the fun -- and learn new things -- at the new and expanded Kids Activity Garden, where you roll up your sleeves and plant something, get up close and personal with creepy-crawly bugs or just enjoy some time on the swings or a slide in our indoor playground. Tickets for children are just $5.

Location:

Festival Hall, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL.  60611

Date/Time Information:

Mar. 12-20, 2016  Sun-Wed: 10am-6pm Thur-Sat: 10am- 8pm

Contact Information:

312-241-1250

Fees/Admission:

Children ages 4-12: $5 Adult weekday: $14 (purchased online before the show) Adult weekend: $16 (purchased online before the show)

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          This week we began our Cars project and the children really seem to be excited.  Cars is a subject they are very familiar with as they ride in them almost every day.  On Tuesday we showed the children the four kinds of cars they see on a regular basis.  We showed them sedans, SUV's, pickup trucks and mini vans.  Many of the children noticed that their parents drive these cars, they were excited when they saw the cars that they ride in every day.  We noticed that all cars have four wheels, they all have windshields, they all have windows and they all have engines to help them go.  We then started to notice some differences between the cars.  Some of the cars had two doors, and some had four doors.  Some of them were bigger, some were smaller.  The biggest difference the children noticed was the pickup truck.  "It doesn't have back seats!", said Nikola.  The teachers explained that people use pickup trucks for work, they use them to transport tools, machines, animals or other vehicles. 

          For art this week, we made a whole car out of a large box!  We cut off the flaps and made wheels.  The children painted the whole box bright red like a race car.   We painted the large circles black for the wheels and small paper plates silver for hubcaps.  The children will use it next week for dramatic play.  We will be transforming our loft area into a mechanic's shop!   

On Friday, we had the chance to take a look at three of the teachers cars.  Hilary, Gina and Suzie parked their cars in the back parking lot and the children took turns in small groups to look at both the outside and inside of each vehicle.  All three teachers have different make and models and the cars ranged from medium, large to extra large.  The following is a picture from the back of Suzie's GMC Yukon.  We think all the children would agree that honking the horn was a class favorite.

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hilary, Gina, and Jessica

                                                   

 

 

133 Newsletter 2/19/16

 

133 RED NEWSLETTER

February 19th, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

·        MOVIE NIGHT:  Thank you all for attending our movie night!  It was so much fun to be together and enjoy a fun movie!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! 

·        MAD SCIENCE WORKSHOPS: Mad Science Group Inc. has franchises located around the world, who bring science education to millions of children each year. Our innovative programs help kids learn about science through our fun after-school programs, preschool programs, in-class workshops, camps, birthday parties and special events. They will be coming to school on Wednesday, February 24th.

Our classroom workshop will be from 10:10 to 10:40 a.m.  Our topic will be: Dino Dig!

Please have your child here by the designated time to participate in their classroom experience

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
Nature and Science at Wonder Works: Electric Toys and Magnets

Date: February 26, 2016

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Website:http://www.wonder-works.org

Event Description:

Play with static electricity made with balloons and hair and discover tricks you can play with it. You can also play with toys powered by current electricity from batteries and transformers. We will peek inside some of the toys to figure out how they work. Hint: Their motors will have magnets! There will be lots of magnetic construction materials to build with, plus magnets to explore the art-room sandbox-see what sticks to magnets, and what does not.

Location:

Wonder Works Children's Museum 6445 W. North Ave. Oak Park, IL. 60302

Date/Time Information:

February 26, 2016  10am-Noon

Contact Information:

708-383-4815

Fees/Admission:

Included With General Admission of $6 Per Person

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          This was our last week focusing on dinosaurs, and we have learned so much!  The children know almost all of the most common dinosaurs and have developed favorites.  We read the book How I Captured a Dinosaur by Henry Schwartz.  In the book, a little girl becomes very interested in dinosaurs.  She learns all information she can about them and when she goes on a camping trip with her family, she uses her knowledge to find one alive!  She takes the dinosaur home to her town and introduces it to her friends!  It was a very fun book to read to the children and they wanted to see if they could take their own dinosaur home. 

          Last Friday, we made our dinosaur eggs.  We allowed them to dry over the weekend and this week they were ready to paint.  We explained to the children that scientists do not know what color dinosaur eggs were, so we decided to use wild pretty colors on our eggs.  We had purple, orange, green and blue!  But this Friday was the real treat.  The teachers secretly put each child's favorite dinosaur into their dinosaur egg!  We said that the dinosaurs needed help hatching from their eggs.  The teachers had each child break open their egg and the children were delighted to find a tiny dinosaur toy to take home!  They laughed and played with their individual dinosaur toys until lunch time. 

          Next week we will be switching gears (ba-dum-ching), we will be learning about cars!  For the next two weeks we will be discovering the different parts of cars, and how to take care of a car.     

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hilary, Gina, and Jessica

                                                   

 

133 RED Newsletter 1/22/16

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