Wildflowers News


posted Sep 17, 2012, 6:51 PM by Coop Webperson   [ updated Jul 21, 2013, 6:45 PM by John Lim ]

Wildflower Parents,

What a productive week we've had in the Wildflower classroom this week!

We've put all of our day and tasks together and flowed thru rather well:)

The Wildflowers began with our letter of the week "A,a", we traced and/or wrote the uppercase and lowercase "A,a" as well as reviewed the sounds of the letter. The tangible items that the children are bringing in that start with the letter "A" are really helping them to remember those words that begin with the long and short sounds of "A". Words suggestions included "airplane", "axe", "Alex", "Amy", "atomic", "ant", "ape", "acorn", "apple" and a special friend stumped me with a bag of "air"!!!!

This week some Wildflowers painted frames and created Family Portraits and others created a self portrait! We made our Family Trees and talked about just how different families can be.

The children have enjoyed sharing their family collages with the class. If you haven't done so already, please make one and send it in next week. We'll continue with the explorations of our families considering our theme next week.

Next week our theme is "All About Me" and we will continue to share more with each other as well as explore what makes us unique and what makes us the same.

On Monday, there is an open spot as well as Wednesday. Please email me if you are interested in picking up an extra day.

Additional Info/Dates to Remember:

Thursday, September, 20th, 7pm: Membership Meeting: Please let Kinsey know ASAP if you need childcare.

Saturday, October 13th: Coop Consignment Sale: Keep this date open! It's a great way to make extra money for yourself as well as our wonderful school.

Our letter for next week will be "B,b". Please keep encouraging your children to find sharing items that begin with the letter of the week! They are very enthusiastic about sharing their "word wizard" items:)

Have a wonderful weekend,

Jessica

Weekly Plans - September 9, 2012

posted Sep 9, 2012, 8:44 PM by Coop Webperson   [ updated Sep 9, 2012, 8:54 PM by John Lim ]

Wildflower Parents,

The children and I had another amazing week together!

We are moving through our day, learning our routines and getting to know each other even better. There are some new friendships that are beginning to blossom between old friends and new:)

This week we will be putting everything we've been working on, together, as a group. Last week, we really focussed on working independently during our learning center time as I introduced our last new centers during our morning meetings last week.

For the first time, this week we will be working from our "meeting folders" which contain a physical calendar we can reference together as well as our "Letters of the Week" that will will trace together, introducing both the capital and lowercase. We will begin with "Aa", please encourage your child to bring in an item (that will fit in his or her cubby) that beings with an "Aa". We will begin our final classroom helper position as the "word wizard"!

The Wildflowers will also make note and attempt to write the number of Wildflowers in attendance as we are given a report from our attendance reporter. As the children move their rock to the blue rectangle, it allows a mathematical teaching opportunity during our morning meeting as well as number recognition activity as we count the rocks together and write that specific number down.

And lastly, please assist your child in creating a photo collage of his or her family to share with friends. It needn't be anything fancy, just attach a few pictures of those people, pets, creatures or things that are important in your child's life:)

Finally, the lesson plans for this week:

Theme: My Family

This week we'll discuss our families, share photos and explore the many differences families can have in their structure. The Wildflowers will enhance their knowledge of their understanding in what makes a family. Asking these questions of the students, certainly returns some hilarious answers!

Dates to Remember/Additional Info:

Monday, Sept, 10th: "Extra Fun" starts at 1pm, please see me if you have any questions.

Please note that the Sept membership meeting has been changed to Thursday, September 20th, 7pm. Please email Kinsey if you need childcare.

Enjoy your Sunday,

Jessica

Weekly Plans - August 31, 2012

posted Sep 3, 2012, 7:23 PM by Coop Webperson   [ updated Sep 3, 2012, 7:23 PM by John Lim ]

Wildflower Parents,

It has been an absolutely amazing first week of school for the Wildflowers!

The children are quickly picking up their routine, responsibilities in the classroom and getting turns on a few new and popular toys:)

During our first week of school, the children have been following 3-4 step directions extremely well. The are adjusting to a new schedule and new opportunities. The Wildflowers have found their circle mats independantly at our morning mtg and found an appropriate space on the rug for their mat. During snack and lunch, the children are already very self sufficient; after sanitizing their hands, they pick up their paper towel, snack and find their placemat at the table (with their name in print). They are trying and being most successful at opening containers independently or with a little help:) We are making HUGE progress in just the few first days of school!

We've had volunteers to give attendance reports, weather reports, the day of the week in addition to the month. Several children have had the opportunity to be the "animal caretaker" and feed the frogs, snails and fish in addition to a line leader of course, a snack supervisor and the list could go on. They are absolutely astounding at how quickly they are picking up the various tasks and needing very little to no assistance in completing them.

We've had a few art projects available this week in addition to the ability to work in our journals with stickers, stamps, colored pencils, crayons and markers; most of the children have been much more interested in meeting new friends, playing and exploring their new classroom. Next week, we'll work on a few "cooperative" art projects to continue to build upon the classroom group dynamic and unity:)

This week during our morning meeting, I've been showing the children several "learning centers" at a time and showing them how to use the center appropriate and how to put it away. The children have enjoyed exploring these various centers and we will continue to learn about them as a group next week.

Beginning the third week of school, we will begin working in our "Morning Meeting folders" in addition to introducing the "letter of the week".

Next week, we have a friend that will be on vacation next week. There are open spots on Mon-Thurs and two spots on Wednesday. Please send me an email if you would like to sign in for one or more of those days. The cost is $25/day.

Lastly, you, as parents, have homework to do! Please keep in mind that our theme will be My Family during the week of Sept 17th-Sept 21st. It's a tradition at the preschool that each family makes a picture collage of their Wildflowers family/friends/pets that are part of their life. We share these collages with each other, which is great fun!

Your collage will come in handy when we begin showcasing the "Family of the Week" in the common room and we will be starting with the Wildflowers families:) More info to come about that.

Have a lovely weekend and I expect another great week of fun, learning and friendship!

Jessica

Weekly Plans - August 26, 2012

posted Aug 26, 2012, 11:10 AM by Coop Webperson   [ updated Aug 26, 2012, 11:10 AM by John Lim ]

Wildflower Parents,

I look forward to seeing you on Monday at the Parent/Child Orientation that begins at 9:30 am. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to visit their classroom, classmates and get to know me a bit better.

For all of the students, who I was lucky enough to teach last year or during previous years, this is a new experience for them as well. We are back "home" and this will be an adjustment in our updated building not to mention a new classroom and a new role at the coop as the "big kids" :)

During the first few weeks of school, we will focus mostly on learning our new routine, beginning new friendships and enjoying old ones, as well as establishing the basic daily flow as we get used to our days together. We will practice to acquire the skills that allow the children to independently work at the various learning centers.

Most importantly, I want your children to have a fabulous and fun first week of school and look forward to our many adventures ahead!

Just a few reminders:

Please be sure to completed a NEW emergency contact card at Parent/Child Orientation

Please be sure to leave your child an ENTIRE change of clothing for their cubby

Our Welcome potluck is on Friday, August 31st at 12pm. Please be prepared to pick up your child (if he or she attends that day) at 12 noon to accompany them to the potluck. If your child does not normally attend on Fridays, we welcome you and your family to join us as well at noon.

Best,

Jessica

Wildflowers :) - August 4, 2012

posted Aug 12, 2012, 8:20 PM by Coop Webperson   [ updated Aug 12, 2012, 8:20 PM by John Lim ]

Wildflower Parents,

I am so very excited to begin a new year at the coop with lots of old friends and some new friends as well! It’s going to be an amazing year full of adventure, learning, social interactions, projects, arts, crafts, potlucks, special visitors, field trips, classroom pets, friendships (and fights) and most importantly, FUN!

I wanted to first of all request that you email me a head shot of your child. I’ll need it for many things around the classroom and the school.

Also, I wanted to give you an idea of what we will be striving towards together as a class.

Increasing independence is key this year as we prepare for the big K! Successful independence with lunch and snack will continue to be practiced. Keep in mind what containers your child is able to open on his or her own and give plenty of practice, praise and support with such activities at home.

Reading Readiness: Although developmentally, most preschoolers are not ready to read independently, we can encourage those pre-literacy skills as we continue to learn and know friends’ name in print, as well as be aware of simple sight words such as “stop” or “go”. Most importantly, a love for reading can be passed down as our children share books with us or witness us as adults enjoying a book. An early love of reading is so powerful in a child’s life and their educational career.

I’ve attached the Wildflower Daily Flow for you to read over and tried to explain the methods to my madness. Even though the activity might seem quite simple, I strive to provide a teaching moment in each and every opportunity possible.

On another note, our classroom is coming along quite nicely with so many families and staff that have generously donated the time to help complete our journey back homeJ We are still not all the way there yet, please join me at the many scheduled work days coming up. It’s actually a lot of fun and a great way to meet other families.

As if you haven’t done enough already….I have a few wish list items for our classroom. If you see any of the mentioned items at home and would be willing to donate them or pick something up second hand; that would be most appreciatedJ

Wish List

Simple orange “Hot Wheels” tracks that fit together
Small/medium pvc pipe pieces to use in a water transporting experiment
“Polly Pockets”
“Littlest Petshop" type things
Sandpaper sheets (It's an alphabetic sensory activity:)
And don’t worry, I cleaned out my boys “dress up” box and we will have tons of football players and superheros in addition to the many princesses we usually meet in our classroom each day.

Most importantly, home visits are offered on Thursday, August 16th and Friday, August 17th and are available 9:30am thru 1:30pm each day. Please email directly with a time that will work for you and your child. Remember the home visit is simply a time for me to get to know your child better on his or her own “turf” and is about whatever they basically want to lead me around and do or show meJ The visit typically last about 20-30 mins.

Lastly, for those of you new to the school or my classroom. A little about me...... I received my BS in Early Childhood Education from Frostburg State University in 1997 and have over 17 years of experience directly teaching children in both preschool and elementary classrooms as well as owning a successful nanny agency. I've been married for almost twelve years and I have two boys ages 7 and 11 who are both alumni of the coop.

As my children attended the coop before I became employed as a teacher, my experience with our lovely school began as a parent. I've been a daily cleaner, a board member, and a substitute teacher for the school before being officially hired as the Rainbow teacher in 2007. The coop continues to be a very important part of our lives and we fully participate in this wonderful community.

Save the Dates:
August 16th and 17th: Home Visits (or as scheduled by your teacher)
August 18th: Family Fun Day (3:30-5pm)
August 22nd: New Parent Orientation
August 27th: Child Orientation
August 28th: 1st Day of School
Additional Help on Workdays to be announced!!

Thank you for sharing your children with me and contributing to our unique school in such a special way,

Jessica

Weekly Letter #38 - June 3, 2012

posted Aug 7, 2012, 7:38 PM by Coop Webperson   [ updated Aug 7, 2012, 7:38 PM by John Lim ]

Hi Wildflower Families --

This is it: the last three days of school!! We’ll play, play, play and continue with our Kids’ Choice theme. A few final reminders:

1. I hope EVERYONE will come to the graduation potluck this Wednesday! It will begin promptly at noon with a short performance and ceremony, and it will end with a potluck party. Please bring a dish to pass.

2. On Wednesday, each child with have a bag with all of his/her items to take home. It will include extra clothes and items from the cubby, any remaining art, and a small graduation gift. Please don’t forget this bag!

3. If you are not returning to the Co-Op, please remember to give Kinsey your fob.

I hope you all have a fantastic summer -- I will miss you all very much!

Thank you so very much for sharing your children with me,

Miranda

Weekly Letter #37 - May 28, 2012

posted Aug 7, 2012, 7:34 PM by Coop Webperson   [ updated Aug 7, 2012, 7:34 PM by John Lim ]

Hi Wildflower Families --

I can hardly believe that it is the last full week of school, but it is! As you know, graduation for all our big Wildflowers is next Tuesday, June 7 at 12:00. It will be followed by a potluck party, highlighted by great food and mixed emotions......

This week, it’s Kids’ Choice. The children will get to do their favorite art activities, songs, and games. Water is always a favorite and it’s supposed to be warm this week, and so -- don’t tell your children -- but I’m going to see if I can hook up a sprinkler and a wading pool. If can do it, I’ll let you know so that you can send in swim suits. Regardless, remember to apply sunscreen because we’ll certainly spend a lot of time outside. We’ll also do spin art, which is tremendously popular, and we’ll recall some of the fun American Sign Language that we’ve learned over the schoolyear.

Best of all, on Thursday and Friday, we will have our annual lemonade stand at the playground. The kids will make lemonade and cookies for this event, and we would love it if you would also contribute some baked treats. The children will make the signage and display it, and man the stand. Every item will cost $1.00 and so don’t forget your cash on Thursday and/or Friday!!! This is a fundraiser that the children REALLY enjoy, and can contribute to significantly. The school will use the money for something fun for the renovated school (last year, it was a light table.)

Lastly, I want you to know that I have truly enjoyed working with you and with your terrific children. Every day, they show me why children are so important in our lives. They make me laugh, they astound me with their insight, and they share the joy of discovery and play. Know that they are wonderful and amazing. Also, thank you for all that you have contributed to the classroom and to the school as a whole. As always.....

Thank you for sharing your children with me,

Miranda

Weekly Letter #36 - May 20, 2012

posted Aug 7, 2012, 7:32 PM by Coop Webperson   [ updated Aug 7, 2012, 7:35 PM by John Lim ]

Hi Wildflower families --

What a fun week for the Wildflowers! We had LOTS of outside time and picnicking in the beautiful weather.

We also put on our lab coats and made some craaaaazzzzyyyy concoctions! Our classroom was full of mad scientists, and we made slime, an erupting volcano, smelly playdough, and other insanities. In ASL, they learned the signs for “clean,” “dirty,” and “cook.” Our critter spotlight was on penguins, and we learned that penguins stand in line to wait for their turn to jump off an ice block; then they pop out of the water and line up again -- just like kids on the diving board! Clever little birds!

This week, our theme is [drum roll] ... CARNIVAL! We’ll make masks, get tattoos, design clown hats, create a Wildflower merry-go-round, and play Pin the Nose on the Clown and roller ball. We’ll read Olivia Saves the Circus and Ten Apples Up on Top. The children want to talk about constrictors this week (yikes!). We’ll continue to have lots of outside time, and so don’t forget to apply sunscreen on your child.

If you haven’t already, please remember to sign up to help with the carnival this Friday. Really, it’s an hour of fun with the children and they love to share their joy with you most of all. Even if you don’t volunteer, I am hoping all parents will to come from 12:00 to 1:00 on Friday and help their children with the various carnival stations. This day is a blast for the children, and they love it when their parents are there to enjoy the excitement with them.

Thank you for sharing your children with me,

Miranda

Weekly Letter #35 - May 13, 2012

posted Aug 7, 2012, 7:31 PM by Coop Webperson   [ updated Aug 7, 2012, 7:34 PM by John Lim ]

Hi Wildflower Families,

Happy Mother’s Day!!! I hope everyone had a terrific weekend! I enjoyed talking to many of you about your terrific children. Thank you for showing such interest and care in your child’s preschool experience.

Last week, we spent a lot of time outside first thing in the morning and we also talked about some popular children’s authors: Dr. Suess, Eric Carle, Leo Leonni, and Mo Willems. We made our own Leo Leoni pictures and son Very Hungry Caterpillars. The children also lhad fun making the earrings. We learned some interesting things about coyotes (this week’s featured animal) and some signs for “book,” “read,” “write,” and “draw.”

This week, our theme is Crazy Concoctions. Be forewarned that your child may bring home a previously mentioned item -- possibly slime, some filthy coffee, or a bottle of mystery...... We’ll be mad scientists, for sure, creating volcanoes and other impossible solutions. Please note that all ingredients will be non-toxic and washable.

Lastly, please watch for a sign-up sheet for our annual Spring Carnival. This day is a blast for the children, and they love it when their parents are there to enjoy the excitement with them. We need all kinds of help that day!

Thank you for sharing your children with me,

Miranda

Weekly Letter #34 - May 6, 2012

posted Aug 7, 2012, 3:58 PM by Coop Webperson   [ updated Aug 7, 2012, 3:58 PM by John Lim ]

Hi Wildflower Families --

Ei-yi-yi! We are in the last month of school and I can hardly believe it! I am feeling quite emotional about it because I have really enjoyed this group of children, and I’m quite attached to them. It has been fun hearing about their plans for kindergarten, though, and I know they will all do so well.

Last week we talked about bugs. Our feature critter was the slug and we learned some fascinateing facts about them , including that they have 27,000 teeth that rotate forward like a conveyor belt and that they have one foot -- who knew??!! We also made paper plate ladybugs and lightening bugs, and we started a project for Mother’s Day. And we played outside A LOT, and the children have found so many bugs lately: roly-polies, tent caterpillars, jumpy spiders, daddy long legs, and other creepy crawlies. There’s been a lot of bonding with nature. Speaking of which, we have found several ticks on the playground, and so please check your children over carefully when bathing or dressing them. We learned ASL for “bug,” “butterfly,” “fly,” and “spider.”

This week, we’ll focus on five popular children’s authors: Dr. Suess, Eric Carle, Robert Munsch, Mercer Mayer, and Mo Willems. We’ll read some stories by each and I’ll provide some interesting information about them, too. We’ll make our own pink spots and very hungry caterpillars, and we’ll learn the signs for “read” and “write” and “draw.”

Don’t forget! This Wednesday, May 9, is parent-teacher conferences and so there will be no school. If you will need childcare while you conference, please sign up for a childcare shift on the sign-up sheet in the big room.

Thank you for sharing your children with me,

Miranda

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