Welcome to all our friends, old & new
Mrs. Tami's news from the classroom
what's happening in class this month & what's to come!
The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time in the classroom. It is wonderful to welcome the returning students and observe the amazing changes that have occured over the course of the summer. The students have returned with great enthusiasm and eagerness. They are delighted to become reaquainted with the familar faces and show renewed interest in the classroom materials. They are learning the classroom rules & becoming more acquainted with their routine. There are also many new faces, that quietly observe, taking in their new surroundings with caution. We look forward to getting to know everyone better!
In September, the children were busy with getting to know their new friends at preschool, learning about friendships and how we are all unique and have many beautiful differences. Be sure to stop in and take a look at the "self-portrait" wall of art that the children made their first week of preschool. Each child created a portrait of themselves after discussing with Mrs. Tami how they are alike and different in many ways. The children read stories, such as "We're Different & We're the Same", which the children enjoyed very much. The class came alive with questions and observations on how they were all different too!
The children were also learning about owls, how they are nocturnal, what their talons are for, why their feathers are special in granting them camouflage. They also learned about an owl's ability to move its head 270 degrees, and what their appetites are like. Encourage conversation with your children about what they have learned! The kids also explored many different owl-art projects. One of their favorites involved their hand prints! Look for those to come home soon!
The Month of October we will learn about apples, the children made applecrisp with Mrs. Tami, and enjoyed it all together once baked. We are also enjoying many different poems and books about apples. The class has also enjoyed learning about Johnny Appleseed and shared stories like the giving tree, by Shel Silverstein. They will continue to explore different art projects using apples. This month, they will also explore pumpkins, bats, the changing of fall leaves, and discovering the many beautiful changes that fall brings!
Thank you all parents for attending the parent Orientation, it was wonderful to meet you all and we look forward to getting to know everyone!
October is here!
Try these this month!
Watch the migrating birds, bald eagles & ospreys they start migrating as early as August; golden eagles depart as late as November.
Watch for leaves turning color; press autumn leaves, make leaf prints/stencils/rubbings,
Rake up a pile of leaves, compost fall leaves.
Plant spring bulbs.
Listen for migrating geese.
Leave out some honey for honeybees - have you ever seen honeybees out on a winter day? They can be found in their hives when it's very cold, usually within a hollow tree.
Prepare your garden for winter.
Mix up some potpourri.
Make some apple stencils.
Make apple chips.
Roast some pumpkin seeds.
CWCP Coupeville Scarecrow Entry!
Books we love this month & have shared with our class
Reflecting the many different ways in which we are all alike and different, our study of Owls & Apples
We Are Alike, We Are All Different, by Cheltenham Elementary Kindergartners
Sesame Street's, We're Different, We're the Same by Bobbie Kates
Owls Live in Trees by Melvin and Gilda Berger
The Surprise Party by Pat Hutchins
In The Woods by Ermanno Cristini, Luigi Puricelli
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Johnny Appleseed, assorted titles
Pick Me an Apple! From Tree to Seed, by Shelly Rotner
Sometimes we forget that daily life was first carried out in the outdoors, people coming into their homes only for shelter from the elements. This is still the instinct of the child. In the first few days of life, just a breath of fresh air and a look at the tree branches swaying in the wind each day is sufficient; soon after this, daily walks in the baby carrier or stroller; followed by walks led by them, our curious little ones. Where each new thing - cracks in the sidewalk, parades of ants, spotting the (ever abundant) Whidbey Island deer, big puddles (begging to be jumped in), brick walls (each brick as unique as the next), weeds, and the thistles of nettles (don't touch!) - many details overlooked by adults. Our children can be enchanted by a short walk, into a drawn-out discovery, their curiosity renewed by a glance at a bird's nest, or why the tree collects sap!
When you hear, "give the world to the child", this does not mean the inside of the buildings, but the weed patches, glorious sunrises from Whidbey beaches and sunsets, the strong cleansing winds of fall, the sounds the birds make in the trees, the stars and the clouds, the infinite variety of leaves and flowers, the beautiful world of nature.
We, as adults, must slow down, forget our plans and follow our children as they discover smells, sights, sounds and touch the outside world and the wonders it holds.
At the end of the day,
There's a question they're asked
As they scurry to play,
"Tell me, what did you do in school today?"
"Nothing, I did nothing today,"
Perhaps nothing means that I played with blocks,
Tied my own shoes, or found beautiful rocks.
Maybe our monarchs hatched today,
Or maybe I found a new friend to play.
Maybe today was the very first time
My scissors followed a very straight line.
I learned a new song, and sang all the words,
Or I touched a feather from the rarest of birds
When you're a child and your heart has wings,
"Nothing" can mean so many wonderful things.
CWCP Notes to know!
This is a song the children sing every preschool day, as they sit with one another to share a yummy snack!
We have our snack
we have our water
but most of all we have each other!
"Crossing the street" When we visit the playground, parents please talk with your child at home about the significance of this song and why it is so important.
Stop, look and listen, before we cross the street
we use our eyes, we use our ears
before we cross the street.
This is the song sung at the end of the day, the children sing this at closing circle time, to say goodbye to their friends for the day.
Good Bye, "name"
Good Bye, "name"
Good Bye, "name"
we're glad you came to school!
Happy Birthday Carson!
Happy Birthday Keegan!
Our Class Playdough recipe we made the first week of school
& for further enjoyment try our Cloud Plydough recipe
Fresh take on snack
Many parents have asked for ideas on snack choices, we've put together a few fun ideas that you can mix&match but, as always, have fun with it!
Preschool snack time can be a tricky navigation of wants and dislikes, we so greatly appreciate you as snack parents for sharing snack with our preschoolers. We have noticed this year that we have some pretty hungry preschoolers that are really fueling up to learn! We are hoping that perhaps by offering the children two different snack choices, we can better appease their little appetites. Any combination of fruit/veggies, paired with a cheese/protein/starch always seem to be safe options!
Some possibilities are; ham & cheese wraps/fruit & peanut butter wraps, bean and cheese quesadillas, chips and a fruity salsa, yogurt with fruit and granola toppings, fruit & cheese kabobs.
Peanut butter is always a hit among the preschoolers and the combinations are endless; protein balls made of peanut butter/oatmeal/chocolate chips, peanut butter on mini waffles, over a rice cake, banana slices with peanut butter, round apple slices covered in peanut butter and granola, "aunts on a log".
Whole wheat bagels with cream cheese and jam preserve (tastes just like cheese cake!) jello with fruit, yogurt pops made of yogurt & your favorite blend of fruit, smoothies, healthy muffins such as banana/carrot/zucchini. The kids love fish crackers (try our recipe), veggies with ranch, noodles with butter and parmesan cheese, dried fruit, a party mix made of popcorn, pretzels, raisins, crackers (or any combination of things), apple slices with cinnamon, raisin bread with cream cheese topped with cucumber slices.
These are just ideas to help us all along the way, but feel free to be as creative as you like!
TASTY BITES to try at home!
Merci, Muchos Gracias, Thank you !
This time you have devoted to the co-op means a great deal to it functioning smoothly. A co-op is only as good as the devoted families that support it! We're in this together!
We would also like to give a GREAT big Thank you to the families who brought snack for the month of September & those that have signed up for October! The children's happy little bellies thank you as well!
CWCP Parent Committees are as follows
Roger & Ayu (am)
Monica & Brandon (pm)
Social & Special events:
Monica & Brandon (pm)
Rain boots & rain jackets are encouraged!
Co-Op Field Trips
Monday, Oct. 13th, 10am
Sherman Farm 201 S Ebey Rd, Coupeville, WA
If you will be absent
Thank you so much for your efforts in this, we appreciate it greatly!
Items you can bring in if you have available!
Preschool Art Projects are underway and we can use some items
Fabric scraps, large pinecones, apples, expired milk
Board Members for CWCP 2014-2015 school year!
Kari Habek, Treasurer
Kelly Powers, Secretary
Mindy Grove, Am Parent Coordinator
Mikel Peabody, Pm Parent Coordinator
Cheree Francart, Public Relations