The Buzz From Ms. Cindy's Room

October 3, 2016

Our Mission: Every child...together!

Apples

Dear Families,

Is it true that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” I’m not sure, but the children will make many discoveries as we begin a new unit on apples the next two weeks at school. Through active exploration and interaction we will learn about the different flavors of apples, colors of apples and ways apples can be prepared and eaten. Here are some of the things we have planned for next week:


  • Tasting and then graphing our favorite kind of apples (we will collect, organize and use information; use language to compare number of objects)
  • Sorting apples by color, size, etc. (sorts objects into groups; engages in communication using spoken/expressive language)
  • Putting worms (pieces of string) in different positions to our apples (uses position words to describe location of an object)
  • Apple collage (fine motor skills)
  • Preparing applesauce (using cooking tools to develop children’s small motor control; sequencing skills of first, second and third)
  • Patterning with different colored apples (creates new patterns )
  • Conscious Discipline - Recognizing and naming feeling faces

Spotlight on Learning

Spotlight on Learning

Positions

We use terms and phrases such as over, under, behind, next to, in front of, near, and far all the time. By hearing and using position words in everyday situations, your child will develop a sense of spatial relationships, which is an important part of geometry. Use a variety of position words while playing or going for a walk or ride:

A fun activity:

Have a toy hunt! Hide a toy while a family member closes his or her eyes. Give clues using position words, such as, “It is on the bookshelf,” or “It is next to the chair.” You can also play I Spy using position words. Give clues such as, “I spy, with my little eye, something that is behind the lamp.”

Initially, children will find it easier to respond to clues rather than provide them. So you should be the one to begin giving the clues. After listening to your clues for some time, your child will be ready to give clues too.

*Taken from Everyday Mathematics

Important Information


  • October 7th - ECC Team Spirit Day - Hat Day

  • October 18th and 20th - Parent-Teacher conferences/Scholastic Book Fair

  • October 20th - No School

  • October 21st - No School

  • October 31st - Fall Parties at school (details to come)

  • November 1st - ECC Parent Curriculum Night (5:30-7:00) (details to come)

Conscious Discipline

Dear Families,

At Liberty Early Childhood Center, our staff embraces the philosophy of Conscious Discipline by Dr. Becky Bailey. Conscious Discipline is a vehicle to help us promote positive social emotional development. Conscious Discipline is a philosophy that helps teach children missing skills that are necessary to be able to manage upset appropriately and negotiate the social world around them. This would include helping children to understand their emotions so that they are able to consciously make choices regarding how they react in situations. We are using the Feeling Buddies Toolkit to promote learning these skills. You might want to ask your child about the Feeling Buddies that he/she has met. For more information on Conscious Discipline, please refer to the parent section at www.consciousdiscipline.com.

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