Dear Panda One Families,
Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a joyful and relaxing holiday. We would like to thank all of the families that helped to fulfill our wish list from the book fair last month; your contributions are greatly appreciated. With the holidays now behind us, and our new year’s resolutions in hand, we are looking forward to 2016.
Although the frigid outdoor temperatures kept us classroom-bound for the better part of last month, we didn’t let that stop us from enjoying all of that white fluffy snow. By filling our sensory table with snow, we were able to bring the outdoors into the classroom. The children scooped the snow into cups and bowls, packed it into snowballs, stacked the snowballs into miniature snowmen, and observed as the snowmen melted into puddles of water right before their eyes.
With a little luck, and a lot of cooperation from the weather, we’ll be able to enjoy some time outdoors this month. Please help us keep your child comfortable and warm during outdoor play by providing season-appropriate attire. Hats, gloves, coats, snow pants, and snow boots are recommended.
The curriculum for the month of January is as follows:
Week 1: Winter Fun – Snow and Ice
Week 2: Winter Animals/Hibernation
Week 3: Puppets/Jungle Animals
Week 4: Under the Sea
We’ll be using our science, math, and motor skills to measure, pour, and mix the various ingredients to make snow-paint (salt and white tempera paint), frozen water colors (water and tempera paint ice cubes), and puffy-paint (glue and shaving cream). We’ll also continue to explore the difference between liquids and solids, and to discuss the science behind the melting process as we experiment with snow, ice, and water.
Try this at home: Puffy Paint
You will need:
Heavy paper (paper plates also work great for this activity)
White school glue
Shaving cream, foam (not gel)
Large mixing bowl
*Optional – food dye**, tempera paint, or liquid watercolors
Combine ingredients and mix gently, ensuring that the shaving cream maintains it’s ‘puffy’ texture. Enjoy!
*WARNING: food dye may stain carpet, furniture, clothing, and skin.
After a brief holiday hiatus, Miss Amy will be returning with a new session of the Musicare program at the end of the month. The spring session will begin on Friday, January 22nd. Please see Miss Becka for a sign-up form if you would like to enroll your child.
Alec was promoted to big brother status last month as he and his family welcomed a new baby boy. Congratulations to the Peterson family on their new addition!!!
A new student, Claire, will be joining the Panda One room on Monday, January 4th. Please join us in welcoming Claire and her family to Sunset Academy!
12/31: Closing early (at 4;00PM) in observance of New Year’s Eve
01/01: Closed in observance of New Year’s Day
01/04: Welcome Claire and her family to Panda One
01/18: Martin Luther King Day
We are here to help! Should you ever have any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions,
please do not hesitate to speak with one of us.
Until next month…take care.
Miss Becka, Miss Erendira, and Miss MaryJane
The Panda One Teachers