131 newsletter 2-16-16

131 RED NEWSLETTER

February 26th, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • LIBRARIAN VISIT: On Wednesday, March 9th, we will have a “Storytime with the Glenview Library.” Sylvia Kraft Walker is returning to lead us in a fun and interactive story hour. Our classroom’s time is from 10:50-11:30am.

  • VISION AND HEARING SCREENINGS: 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. The parent permission form has been emailed to you from Pam. If you have already had a vision or hearing screening this year, please bring in the paperwork. 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. You may drop the permission form and your check (Made payable to Julie Kupstys) at the front desk at any time prior to the screenings

  •    DENTAL HEALTH PRESENTATION: Wednesday, March 2 from 10:00-10:30.

  •      FUN FRIDAYS IN MARCH:   Friday March 4th is Hat day

                                             

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Name: Junie B. Jones The Musical at Northbrook Theatre

Date: February 27, 2016

Website: http://www.northbrooktheatre.org

Event Description:

Junie B. Jones The Musical is....where we step into the outspoken, precocious and loveable life of Junie B., complete with her Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal and experience funny and fast-paced musical adventures of first grade!

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

Our project on art is moving right along. This week we focused our attention on new vocabulary. We learned that black is not actually a color. In fact it is considered achromatic or the absence of color. The children put on their science hats and continued to mix primary colors to come up with secondary colors. We also discovered that if you add white to a color it is called a tint. As a class we worked together to try and make pink. In front of the children were several different colors to choose from. The teacher asked them to pick a color to mix with white. After trying several different colors we were finally able to make pink! When we finished our experiment the children had the opportunity to paint with all the bright colors we created together. Next week we will learn about shading colors, talk about how colors make us feel, and begin to focus on some very famous artists.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 Gregg Susan and Susan

 

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

                                                   

 

134Red Newsletter 2-19-2016

134 NEWSLETTER

February 19, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • MOVIE NIGHT: We are excited to announce 134’s Move Night. Please join us for dinner and a movie here at school in the Mini-gym this coming Wednesday, February 24th, from 4:30-5:45. Pizza will be provided by the school. Everyone is invited to come dressed in pajamas for even more fun and comfort. [The children can wear pajamas all day!] We will put up an RSVP sheet by the clipboard. We would appreciate you letting us know if you will be joining us. Parents only please. Younger siblings have their own special night.

  • IN-CLASS WORKSHOP: Our class will be participating in a special science workshop on Wednesday, February 24th. The topic is “Wonderful Weather.” The workshop is for the children only during our curriculum time. We look forward to sharing with you afterwards all the interesting things we learned.

  • COMMUNITY HAPPENING:

    • CHINESE GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS: February 17-18th at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie). North Shore Center’s Youtheater welcomes the Chinese Golden Acrobats to Skokie to celebrate the Chinese New Year.  For more information visit www.northshorecenter.org.

    • SLEEP-OVER WITH THE ANIMALS: February 20-21st at the Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark St., Chicago). Have dinner and then explore the zoo after hours before enjoying snacks, games, and stories as you get ready to curl up in your sleeping bag. Breakfast is served in the morning. For more information visit www.lpzoo.org.

       

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          Our schedule in both the summer and the winter provides for us to play outside twice a day. Our ability to play outside depends on the weather. Many times the children will ask, “Can we go outside,” or “Are we going outside?” We have finished our unit on winter, so it seemed appropriate and a prime opportunity to look at “weather” for our next unit. Our goal is to help the children learn what information is needed and how to gather that information in order to determine the answer to their questions about the weather. This way, they can better understand how we get to the answer about going outside, and be able to answer the question more independently.

          We started the unit this week by looking at the definition of weather. It was explained that weather is made up of two things – temperature and precipitation. We explored what these words mean. For example, we feel temperatures and we see precipitation. Temperature is described with words, such as warm and cold; Precipitation is described with words, such as snow and rain. After the basic introduction, we moved into learning about temperatures in more detail. There are different ways to identify temperature. One way is connecting colors to temperatures, in which red is hot and dark blue is cold. We purchased a special thermometer for the classroom and showed the children on the measuring tool that the needle moves from one end of the spectrum to the other depending on the temperature. When we had it inside, the children saw the needle in the orange/yellow section (warm), and when it was outside, the needle was in the blue range (cold).

          The thermometer also measures temperatures in degrees, and includes information on wind chill, heat index, and humidity. Next week we will examine how to measure temperature with numbers in degrees.

 

HAVE AN OUTSTANDING WEEKEND!

Pauline, Patty, Suzie, and Samantha

134Red Weather Curriculum Plan

CURRICULUM PLAN

February 2016

Emerging ideas for WEATHER

Literacy

  •  Read fiction and non-fiction books about weather,  such as
    • Little Cloud by Eric Carle
    • Wild Weather Days by Katie Marsico
  • Listen to books on CD following along with the book.
  • Dictate related stories and experiences.
  • Group Times

    ·         Examine weather-related words (i.e. sunny, rain, wind, clouds, hail, cold, hot, warm, freezing, etc.).

  • Investigate ways to check the weather (i.e. TV, IPad, radio, eyes, etc.).
  • Learn what instruments we use to check temperatures and how to use them.
  • Look at different clothing worn in different types of weather and temperature, and why we wear them.
  • Identify dangers associated with weather, such as storms and frostbite.
  • Learn how to spell some weather words (i.e. sun and wind).

Social Studies

  • Learn weather related words in different languages. For example, the Spanish word for sun is "sol".
  • Look at types of weather and temperatures around the world, especially in locations where we have relatives.

Math and Science

  • Experiment what happens when we wear cotton gloves vs. waterproof mittens.
  • Sort…clothing worn in different temperature, animals living in different climates, day and night activities, etc.
  • Pattern… weather pictures (i.e. sun, moon, sun, moon, etc.).
  • Make 1:1 correlation… (i.e. match raindrops to the numeral on various umbrellas).
  • Explore the concept of wind.
  • Experiment with different ways to create “rain.”

Art

  • Make suns using various mediums and techniques.
  • Create unique umbrellas.
  • Wind painting using straws to blow paint across paper.
  • Make clouds out of white playdough.
  • Paint with warm and cold colors as they relate to temperature.

Project Work

  • Track on a graph the temperature each day for an extended period of time and see trends.
  • Create a chart to show the weather each day and use it to track the weather.
  • Learn to identify the weather and temperature in order to determine whether or not we can go outside and play.

 

 

 

newsletter 2-19-16

131 RED NEWSLETTER

February 19th, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • v      MOVIE NIGHT: Thank you all for coming to movie night. We hope you had a good time and we look forward to more movie nights in the future.
  • v      MAD SCIENCE: We will be having a visit from the Mad Science group on February 24th from 9:30-10:00. Our topic is Colors! Please be sure to have your child at school before 9:30 if you want them to attend.
 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Name: Junie B. Jones The Musical at Northbrook Theatre

Date: February 27, 2016

Website: http://www.northbrooktheatre.org

Event Description:

Junie B. Jones The Musical is....where we step into the outspoken, precocious and loveable life of Junie B., complete with her Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal and experience funny and fast-paced musical adventures of first grade!

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

The first week of our project on art is off to a great start. We began the week by talking about the different forms of art such as painting, sculptures, photography, wire and even knitting! The children looked through several books and had the chance to see many different types of completed artwork created by many different artists. As a class we did some experimenting with color mixing as well. We picked any two colors of paint and mixed them together to see what would happen. It was fun to guess and check and see what we could create. For art activities we worked with markers, colored pencils and had a great time finger painting! Next week we will continue to explore art and its many forms. We will use crayons and oil pastels and have the opportunity to paint on several different mediums. 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 Gregg Susan and Susan

133 Red Newsletter

133 RED NEWSLETTER

February 12th, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

v  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! 

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. 

  • CAMP AND KINDERGARTEN CONFIRMATION:  If you applied for either camp for the Summer of 2016 or Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year, you will receive written confirmation of your spot the week of February 22nd.  If you have any questions please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.  She can be reached next week by email at sbrunner@gbnchildcare.com .

 

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 week has been very busy in 133 and we had a lot of information to get through!  The children discovered that dinosaurs are shaped differently based on where they live.  We looked at dinosaurs that lived on land, dinosaurs that lived in the water, and dinosaurs that flew through the air.  We noticed that dinosaurs who lived in water had flippers, or tails that looked like paddles.  These dinosaurs were called Ichthyosaurs.  We also saw that these dinosaurs had long sharp teeth for catching fish.  The air dinosaurs had wings that allowed them to soar through the sky.  Some of these flying dinosaurs, called Pterodactyls, had the same long sharp teeth as the water dinosaurs!  They also used them for catching fish!  The land dinosaurs had feet for walking around their environments to look for food. 

            We also learned that dinosaurs hatched from eggs.  Scientists have found dinosaur nests with batches of eggs in them.  We thought it would be fun to make our own dinosaur eggs!  We used water balloons and paper maché to create our eggs.  Next week, after they've dried, we are going to paint the eggs!    

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Hilary, Gina, and Jessica

                                                     

134 Red Newsletter

134 NEWSLETTER

February 12TH, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • CUBBY STOCKING: Please keep an eye on what extra clothes your child has available in their cubbies, and replenish as needed. After returning from outside play, we often times need to change the children’s pants or socks and run out

  • CAMP AND KINDERGARTEN CONFIRMATION:  If you applied for either camp for the Summer of 2016 or Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year, you will receive written confirmation of your spot the week of February 22nd.  If you have any questions please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.  She can be reached next week by email at sbrunner@gbnchildcare.com .

  • 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 on Wednesday, February 24th.

     

    10:50 to 11:20 Wonderful Weather Room 134

     

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

  •  

    MOVIE NIGHT: We are excited to announce 134’s Move Night. Please join us for dinner and a movie here at school in the Mini-gym on Wednesday, February 24th, from 4:30-5:45. Pizza and salad will be provided by the school. Everyone is invited to come dressed in pajamas for even more fun and comfort. [The children can wear pajamas all day!] We will put up an RSVP sheet by the clipboard. We would appreciate you letting us know if you will be joining us. Parents only please. Younger siblings have their own special night.

  • STAFF TIME OFF: Suzie will be on vacation next week, Feb. 15-19th.

  • COMMUNITY HAPPENING:

    • WINTER CHILLY FEST: February 13-14th at Emily Oaks Nature Center (4650 Brummel St., Skokie). Go ice skating on the pond, enjoy a hay ride, take part in snow and ice games, roast marshmallows, and dine on chili by the fire at this family-friendly festival. For more information, visit skokieparks.org.

    • CHINESE FOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS: February 17-18th at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie). North Shore Center’s Youtheater welcomes the Chinese Golden Acrobats to Skokie to celebrate the Chinese New Year.  For more information visit northshorecenter.org.

       

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          With the cold weather upon us, this week we have been keeping our bodies busy with some fun, physical activities.  While reading, The Mitten, by Jan Brett, we re-enacted the story of the animals going to hibernate in the little boy’s lost mitten.  Every child had the chance to pretend to be one of the animals.  On Tuesday, we talked about the concept of hibernation.  We incorporated music and movement into this activity by playing the song, “Do a Deer” from the Sound of Music.  The children danced slowly and lightly to the music, as if they were getting sleepy and ready to hibernate.  When the music stopped the “animals” fell asleep and went into hibernation.  When the music started again, it was springtime!  The flowers started to bloom, the grass was starting grow and turn green and the leaves were budding on the trees.  How refreshing a long winter’s nap can make you feel! 

Using coordination and cooperation, we also participated in an ice cube relay in the hallway.  The children worked together with their classmates and teachers to pass spoons with an ice cube to one another and walk carefully in the hallway trying to not drop the ice.  It was challenging and fun and we learned that if we take too long our ice cubes get smaller and smaller.

 

HAVE AN OUTSTANDING WEEKEND!

Pauline, Patty, Suzie, and Samantha

131red Newsletter 2-12-16

131 RED NEWSLETTER

February 12th, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • MOVIE NIGHT: We are excited to announce 131’s Move Night. Please join us for dinner and a movie here at school in the Mini-gym on Thursday, February 18th, from 4:30-5:45. Pizza and salad will be provided by the school. Everyone is invited to come dressed in pajamas for even more fun and comfort. [The children can wear pajamas all day!] We will put up an RSVP sheet by the clipboard. We would appreciate you letting us know if you will be joining us. Parents only please. Younger siblings have their own special night.

  • 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 on Wednesday, February 24th.

     

    9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Colorful Colors Room 131

     

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

  • TIME OFF:  Susan Hedrick will be on vacation Monday, February 15th through Wednesday, February 17th.  She will be returning on Thursday, February 18th.

 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Storytown Improv

Name: Storytown Improv

Date: February 13, 2016

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST

Website: http://www.storytownimprov.com

Event Description:

From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

Room 131 spent the past week reading and talking about some books such as Ballerina Rosie, Clink, and The Day I Lost My Superpowers. These were fun books that we chose to read and to act out as a group. Our goal was to get some more experience working in teams and working together as a class. We practiced our listening skills and worked on our ability to follow multi-step directions. It was also a great opportunity to use our imagination and improvisation skills as well. The entire class really enjoyed acting out the stories and adding their own twist as we went! Next week we will begin our new project and our topic will be Art.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 Gregg Susan and Susan

134Red Newsletter 1-29-16

134 NEWSLETTER

January 29, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • 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 sbrunner@gbnchildcare.com or 847-564-3004.

  • ACCESSORIES: Please help us by refraining from sending your child with jewelry or excessive hair ties/clips to school. They become a distraction during group times, as well as a safety concern at nap time. We wouldn’t want for them to break or get lost.

  • MOVIE NIGHT: We are excited to announce 134’s Move Night. Please join us for dinner and a movie here at school in the Mini-gym on Wednesday, February 24th, from 4:30-5:45. Pizza and salad will be provided by the school. Everyone is invited to come dressed in pajamas for even more fun and comfort. [The children can wear pajamas all day!] We will put up an RSVP sheet by the clipboard. We would appreciate you letting us know if you will be joining us. Parents only please. Younger siblings have their own special night.

     

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

          A highlight of our second week of “Winter, Water, Snow, and Ice,” began by reading Wake Me in Spring by James Preller and Snow Happy by Patricia Hussell. Both books highlight fun snow and winter activities. Afterwards, the children split up in groups and acted out different snow fun: Group one acted out making snow angels. Group two built snowmen, complete with a carrot nose and top hat. Group three made an igloo/snow house. Then all of the children pretended to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows and whipped cream. Imaginations ran wild!

          Next week snowmen will be a big part of our curriculum activities.

         

HAVE AN OUTSTANDING WEEKEND!

Pauline, Patty, Suzie, and Samantha

 

134 newsletter January 22, 2016

134 NEWSLETTER

January 22, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • 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 sbrunner@gbnchildcare.com 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.

     

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

            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

131 newsletter 1-22-16

131 RED NEWSLETTER

January 22nd, 2016

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • v      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 sbrunner@gbnchildcare.com or 847-564-3004.  
  • v      THE REPTILE SHOW: Wednesday, January 27th from 10:30 to 11:45 in the mini gym. Please have your child to school by 10:00 so we can ensure a smooth transition. 
 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS:

Name: The Morton Arboretum's Husky Heroes Event

Date: January 30, 2016 - January 31, 2016

Website: http://www.mortonarb.org

Event Description:

Visitors of all ages will enjoy interacting with Siberian sled dogs when Husky Heroes returns to The Morton Arboretum,Jan. 30-31, 2016.

Guests can watch demonstrations of husky sled-pulling and skijoring, a winter sport where the dogs pull a person on skis. Children and adults can visit the dogs and sled teams, inspect equipment and have their pictures taken with the rigs. In addition, information will be available during the event about husky adoption. 

Husky Heroes takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 and 31, at the Visitor Center and on nearby trails.

Demonstrations held near the dogsled course will begin at 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. Presenters will include information about each sled team participating in the demonstrations. Information about adoption of huskies will be available, and visitors can view film footage of dogs competing in various sled races.

Husky Heroes also will feature hot drinks and snacks available for sale. Visitors are asked to leave their own pets at home. The Arboretum’s next Dog Admission Day is March 5, 2016.

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE:

Our penguin project is off to a great start! We began the week by reading the book See How They Grow. This book helped us to expand our growing vocabulary with words such as huddle, rookery, molt and toboggan! We have learned that there are 17 different kinds of penguins and that they come in different sizes and colors. Our favorite names are the Emperor penguin and the Macaroni penguin. We also discovered that the male penguin places a single egg on top of his feet, to keep it warm, and will stay with it until it hatches. When the baby hatches it is covered in soft down feathers with will change to waterproof feathers as the penguin gets older. We know that penguins eat squid and fish such as the sardine. When they are swimming through the ocean in search of food they have to be careful of the Leopard Seal! For art we spent a lot of time making our new mobiles. They are finished and we will hang them in our classroom asap. Next week we will learn about all the different species of penguins and do some gross motor activities such as the penguin walk, the egg walk and even have the chance to do some tobogganing!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 Gregg, Susan and Susan

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