Blue Bears At HHE

Jan. 19-23, 2015

This week

The Blue Bears are busy exploring shapes. Our read-aloud this week is a fun, sing songy book called The Shape Song Swing-along. Below is a youtube link to the song and book,

We are going to taste shapes, sort shapes, and look at shapes in different ways.

Looking ahead

The Blue Bears are gearing up to embark on super exciting and fun learning experience! As I searched ideas for our shape project, I was inspired by a teacher who put away all the toys in his classroom, then filled his room with boxes and other raw materials!! So, now we need your recycled boxes and trinkets AND WHATEVER we can get our hands on. IF any knows of a place where I could get a refrigerator size box, please let me know!! Watch the inspirational video below.

Why do this, you ask? As an early childhood teacher, I am always trying to find ways to encourage language, social skills and imagination! Sometimes I have students that have difficulty imagining an object in a different way. They see a box. So, it's a box. I am hoping with modeling, creativity and a LOT of REALLY BIG Boxes, we can bring out the pirates, race car drivers and rocket scientist!

I have also had a few parents ask about volunteering!!! IF you are able to come over the next few weeks let me know and I'll schedule a time. (especially if you're creative and good with building stuff!!)

Dates to remember

  • Wednesday, Jan. 28: Paradise Park Family Day 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Kindergarten information nights: February 9, 2015 @ Pleasant Lea Middle School & February 24, 2015 @ Summit Lakes Middle School (7-8pm)
  • Friday, February 13 Play doh with Parents (more info to come)
  • Parent University – February 28, 2015 8:30-11:30
  • March 16-20 NO SCHOOL Spring Break

We STILL need your trash!! AND very BIG cardboard boxes!!!

Thank you for sending in those boxes!! Please keep them coming!!!
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Saving Sight Screening is coming to our classroom

Saving Sight, a non-profit organization, will be visiting our classrooms during February to perform vision screenings. The screening requires no physical contact with your child. The screening can detect nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, misalignment and other common causes of childhood vision loss. This screen is being done free of charge and the results will be sent home that day. More information will come home in your child’s backpack later this month. Please return the appropriate form only if you do not want your child screened during this visit. Please call the health room for any questions at (816) 986-2472
The Shape Song Swingalong
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Contact information

Janet Latendresse


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Transportation: 816 986-4000