VPS Early Learning Newsletter

December 2019

Dear Early Learning Families,

At my house, my kids have been thrilled over the anticipation of Winter, as well as the upcoming holidays. I encourage them to get outside and play every day, but when it gets too cold and rainy, I try to creatively busy them indoors. This is not always easy. If my kids had their way, they would spend the day playing video games. Instead, I try to get them to join in on some fun games that do not require a console.

Here are a few of our favorite activities:

Play dough (see box below): I have tried many recipes. The "snow play dough recipe" below never fails!

I Spy: “I spy with my little eye something (enter the color of the item here).” This guessing game helps children learn colors, observation and questioning skills. See if your kids can get it right in 10 or less questions.

Hang the Spider (Hang Man): This is a favorite among kids in my class and my kids at home. It is just like “Hang Man”, but a little more child-friendly. Rather than add a piece of a “man” for each incorrect letter guessed, instead add a piece of a spider (reminder: a spider has 8 legs!)

Tic-Tac-Toe: Not only does this game teach strategy, it teaches even the youngest of kids the letters, “X” and “O”. To add a twist, instead of using “X” and “O”, have each player use the first letter of his/her name (Sarah would use an “S” and Mom would use an “M”).

Hide and Seek (Mom’s Phone): Hide your cell phone with a song playing at a low volume. Challenge your child’s listening skills by having him/her find the phone before the song ends.

If you have any fun, indoor activities, please email me. I would love to hear from you! From our home to yours, I wish you a very happy holiday season!

Kendra Yamamoto

Early Learning Teacher

VPS Dates to Calendar

12/9/2019 - 40 minute early release

12/16/2019 - 40 minute early release

12/23/2019 - 1/3/2020 - No School (Winter break)

1/6/2020 - 40 minute early release

1/13/2020 - 40 minute early release

1/20/2020 - No School (Martin Luther King Jr. day)

1/24/2020 - No School (Semester break)

1/27/2020 - 40 minute early release

VPS Winter Weather Information

It is time to start preparing for school schedule changes as a result of winter weather! School closures, delays and early releases are decided as early in the morning or during the school day as possible. If schools are closed or dismissed early, after school and evening activities also will be canceled. The decision to close schools or delay opening them is not taken lightly. The safety of students and staff is a top priority.

How to find out about schedule changes:

- District website (https://vansd.org/weather-information/)

- School website

- VPS mobile app

- Facebook

- Twitter

- Or you can call 360-313-1401

If no information is posted, schools are operating on a normal schedule.

Did You Know?

Research shows that missing 10 percent of school, or about 18 days during a school year, negatively affects a student's academic performance. That's just two days a month.

And finally...

Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help a child prepare for reading and writing.

- Readaloud.org