Great Beginnings Gazette
Newsletter of the Great Beginnings' Sunbeams - February 2020
February at GBP
Hi all!! Happy February! We are so excited to kick off this month of caring and sharing! Our Sunbeams are gathering for our Great Book Pick (GBP) Award Pep Rallies during this first week in February. We can’t wait to see their award art work and share our books on Facebook live in the next couple weeks! More information on the GBP Award below.
This month, we’ll be discussing the color pink, the heart shape, presidents and patriotism, Dental Health, Valentines Day/caring and sharing. At the end of January, we made our Groundhog Day Predictions and talked about shadows. Were you surprised that Phil didn't see his shadow? Do you think his prediction is accurate and we'll have an early spring?
Valentine's Day at GBP is February 12, 13 and 14th depending on which class your child attends. Details on individual class celebrations vary and are sent home by teachers or party planners. Please remember NO CANDY and all snacks must be checked in the office before entering the classroom.
Its Dental Health month! The Dentist is coming to visit GBP at the end of the month. We’re looking forward to learning more about healthy teeth and gums!
Great Book Pick (GBP) Award
What to work on: pencil grip and hand strength
We are working hard on pencil grip and hand strength in this second half of the school year. Playing with play dough, taking stickers off the sheet and placing them on a piece on paper, cutting play dough with play dough (not sharp) scissors. Coloring with your children (and playing play dough) is a great way to spark a good conversation. While you're coloring together, be aware of how your child holds his/her crayon/pencil/marker and offer guidance on how to “pinch” the pencil with the thumb and index finger. This is a process like any other (sitting up, crawling, walking, talking) learned over time with patience and practice! Reinforcement of school lessons at home is so very beneficial and a wonderful bonding experience! I have lots of resources on this topic if you’d like to learn more!