February is the time for Valentines! While the children aren’t required to bring in valentines, you may use the class list on the back of this letter if you decide to have your child bring them in. Valentines Day falls on a Friday, and you are welcome to have your little one bring their Valentines any time the week of the 14th. On Thu and Fri we will send home the children’s Valentine bags that they have decorated. And please, if you choose to include treats, avoid products with nuts since our class is a nut-free zone. This month not only will we celebrate Valentines day, but we also get the opportunitites to talk about the ones we care about—Our friends and family! We will read stories about family and friendship, and learn new ASL signs for these special people in our lives.
While some of our preschool classmates are moving up to kindergarten next year, all of our kiddos will eventually move on. To help your child be ready for this transition, you can do your part by reinforcing those important pre-academic skills with your child. Try to work reading time into your daily schedule—bed time is a great time for this—to show your child that reading and learning is important to you. Use rich descriptive language to model the skill of making observations. Things like color, number, and appearance can be easily worked into conversation. Take time at the grocery store to point out “environmental print.” This is everything from the big C on the Cheerios box, to recognizing the numbers on price tags. Attached you’ll find a kindergarten-readiness article. Start now working on these skills with your little one to best prepare them for the big K!
We’ve noticed a drop in number and severity of colds and other illnesses in our classroom. I think we can definitely thank our students for good hand-washing, and also you parents for keeping them home when they are too sick to be at school. Thank you for helping us stay healthy here at preschool. We will send out health alerts if any big illnesses/conditions pop up such as influenza, croup, pink-eye, or lice. So far so good, though!
University of Idaho Students
We’re very lucky this semester to have a University of Idaho student working in our class. This semester, Jordan Proctor joins us as our full-time practicum student. She will be here each day for the semester as she works on her Early Childhood Education degree. This is one of the many perks of being in our wonderful college town!
Dates to Remember:
· Mon Feb 17th President’s Day, No School