Dear Panda One Families,The dog days of summer are officially over. School is back in session, and the fall season is upon us. We hope everyone had a wonderful summer, and we are looking forward to all of the exciting activities that the fall season has in store for us.
After several months of setbacks, the construction of our new playground is finally complete! The deconstruction crew broke ground on Monday, August 24th, removing pea gravel, mulch, and all remaining structures from the infant, toddler, and pre-K playgrounds. They began leveling the ground on Tuesday, and the new turf will was installed on Friday, August 28th. Construction was completed over the weekend, and the children resumed play on the new structure on Monday, August 31st. Yay!!!
The Musicare program with Miss Amy is scheduled to resume on Friday, September 04, 2015. Registration forms were distributed via the children’s cubbies last month. If you are interested in enrolling your child, please return a completed registration form with your payment bySeptember 4th. If you lost or misplaced your child’s registration form, please see Miss Becka for another one.
Sunset Academy will be closed Monday, September 07, 2015 in observance of Labor Day. Please let us know if your child will be in or out for the remainder of the Labor Day week; a sign-in/sign-out sheet is posted on the white board in the hallway.
Weather permitting, the final Splash Day for 2015 will be hosted on Friday, September 4th.
Please provide the following:
sunglasses and sun hats are also recommended
September Curriculum Themes:
Week 1: Where We Live
Week 2: My Family
Week 3: Fall
Week 4: Community Helpers
Activities and Enrichments:
The “Where We Live” segment of this month’s curriculum will focus on different types of homes for both humans and animals. The children will create shape houses by gluing an assortment of construction paper shapes: squares, triangles, rectangles, and circles onto a large piece of construction paper; this activity is great for shape and color recognition, as well as fine motor development. In the Science and Sensory area of the classroom, we will be including various building materials for the children to engineer with and explore. We will experiment with each one to discover which material, or combination of materials, is the strongest. As an enrichment to go along with the story of The Three Little Pigs, we will be constructing a house of straw, a house of sticks, and a house of bricks (legos). The children will also be using their eyes and hands to explore the size, shape, weight, and texture of each material. We will also be adding sand to our indoor sensory table, along with a variety of items such as empty milk cartons, plastic buckets, cups, and sand molds for the children to use to form castles, buildings, and homes. Furthermore, we will be expanding the children’s concept of “where we live” by exploring the different homes and habitats of various animals and insects: farm animals, jungle animals, sea animals, birds, bees, worms, spiders, and ants.
As you may have already guessed, the “My Family” segment of the curriculum is all about family. In this day and age, the word “family” means different things to different people, and for some, the family make-up stretches far beyond the traditional formula of father/mother/and children. Please provide a family photo for your child to share with the class. We will discuss who is in the photo, and what they are doing. We will spend time talking about fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandmothers, grandfathers, and pets; and we will explore the notion that family extends beyond the home – that is, some people can be a part of our family even though they don’t live in the same home. We will be adding books and magazines to our reading area that show people doing different activities together such as: hiking, camping, swimming, playing, eating, reading, etc., and we will talk to the children about what they do with their family.
As a large-group art project, we will be creating a fall-themed backdrop for the bulletin board. We will also be experimenting with color mixing to create fall colors: orange and brown. As we move into the fall season, and the leaves on the trees begin to turn we will spend time outdoors observing the changing of the seasons. New color stacking cubes, as well as a new set of water droppers has been added to our light table and out Science and Sensory play areas.
Our “Community Helpers” theme will focus on the general concept of helping, as well as the many different ways in which we can help. We will discuss what it means to help, and practice helping each other in the classroom. We will also learn about some of the different jobs that people do to help others in our community: police and firefighters, doctors and nurses, veterinarians, teachers, librarians, etc. Outfits and attire that correspond to each profession have been added to our Dramatic Play area for the children to wear.
Moving House by
The Three Little Pigs by
How We Help by John Serrano
Who Works in My Neighborhood? by John Serrano
I’m Going to be a Firefighter by Edith Kunhardt
On Mother’s Lap
Are You My Mother
What Daddies Do Best
On Monday, September 28th Nicholas and Simon will begin their transition to Panda Two. In their place we will be welcoming Kevin and Lucas from Koala Two. Congratulations on your graduation, friends! We are very proud of you!
We would like to wish a happy birthday to our friends Noah and Layla!!! Noah celebrated his second birthday on August 25th, and Layla will be turning two on September 8th.
September 1: Stretch ‘n’ Grow
September 4: Musicare begins; Final Splash Day
September 7: CLOSED for Labor Day
September 8: Stretch ‘n’ Grow; Layla’s Birthday
September 11: Musicare
September 15: Stetch ‘n’ Grow
September 18: Musicare
September 22: Stretch ‘n’ Grow
September 25: Musicare
September 28-October 02: Transition Week
September 29: Stretch ‘n’ Grow
Last, but certainly not least, Miss Jessica is moving to Nebraska! Her last day in the Panda One classroom will be Thursday, September 3rd. While she will undoubtably be missed, we are very excited for her to begin a new chapter of her life. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors, and we hope she will come back to visit us soon!
As always, we welcome your feedback. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak with one of us. Thank you!
Until next month…take care!
Miss Becka, Miss MaryJane, and Miss Jessica
The Panda One Teachers