January News: Week of January 24

Sproutlings will be closed Friday February 18th for a staff training day and Monday February 21st for Presidents Day.



Peapods I

During this chilly week the Peapods kept warm and busy. We were moving and grooving to some of our favorite dance music. Some of us have some nifty moves! We also have been building with our blocks. We are learning to stack them but we always love to knock them down. We enjoyed crunching leaves in our sensory bag. We crunched them into little pieces-what fun. Ms. Laura and Ms. KJ sang songs with us including “Twinkle,Twinkle, Little Star” and “Baby Bumblebee”. Ms. Lu read Snowy Bear by Tony Mitton.


Peapods II

We had so much fun hearing from our “Highlight Hello” books. They are filled with so many informative stories and great songs our teachers love to sing. Our book for the week was  Mommy Hugs, in this book we count how many hugs and kisses we get from our mommies. We also made red foot prints. Our teachers are going to use them to create the letter V in the word  “LOVE”. We are getting ready for Valentine’s Day! And as always we have so much fun dancing to our favorite songs and around all the bubbles form our bubble machine. This weekend it’s going to snow! Stay warm everyone and be safe!


We had so much fun this week even though we couldn’t get outside due to the frigid weather, we made the most of our time inside!  We have started getting ready for Valentine’s Day by making hand print hearts to decorate our classroom. We absolutely love seeing our art work on our walls!

We played with our animals and made farms! We had a lot of fun putting as many animals as we could on our farms and had fun identifying the animals too! We had a fantastic time creating designs with our connectors.  We made all sorts of shapes.

During circle time, we read Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear? By Eric Carle and we sang “Head shoulders, knees and toes”.  We can’t get enough!


Little Sprouts

We were busy this week in Little Sprouts! We began our Valentine’s Day crafts to get the room festive for February, spreading lots of love! We practiced our color sorting with bears. Every day we spend time practicing wearing our masks, and we are really getting the hang of it! We continued practicing our letters and naming each one! With the cold weather we had lots of dance parties in the indoor playground showing off our dance moves!



This week in Beanstalks we talked about the letter Pp and what sound it makes. We continued practicing finding our names and identifying the letters in them.  We had a scavenger hunt to see what shapes we could find in our classroom. We found squares, rectangles, circles, and ovals. We sang circle time songs and got our bodies moving by having a little dance party to “Shake Your Silly’s Out” , “One Finger, One Thumb” and “Stand Up Sit Down.” We played in our winter sensory bin and started to prepare for Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day . After reading Bringing in the New Year. we made Chinese New Year lanterns!

Beanstalks II

Beanstalks 2 had a lot of fun learning about polar animals this week. We glued together narwhals, fluffy polar bear faces, and polar bears on icebergs. We got to feed a penguin some yummy fish (colored balls). We threw “snowballs” (cotton balls) into an ice cube tray and searched for polar animals that were hiding in our room!

We had a lot of great reads this week. Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett, Immi’s Gift by Karin Littlewood, Tracks In The Snow by Wong Herbert Yee, and their favorite this week: Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon.



This week, Saplings learned all about bears! We began the week by sorting bears by color or size and we made AB patterns and tried to predict the next part of the pattern. We made bear tracks with our name as each footprint and created a hibernating bear scene.

We also played with our sensory table which was filled with polar bears and brown bears. We used our bears and pretended to fish with them and made them caves so they could hibernate. Our favorite books this week were Bear Snores On and Bear Wants More! by Karma Wilson, Polar Bear Island by Lindsay Bonilla, and All About Bears by Jennifer Szymanski. Next week, we will be focusing on the Chinese New Year.


Pre K 3

In PreK-3 we took a trip to the Arctic! We saw polar bears, penguins, and narwhals! We explored the Arctic Circle! We learned how polar animals survive the cold! We had a special treat and watched real polar bears and penguins on the San Diego Zoo live cam! We saw the polar bears swim and play with each other. This weeks stories included Way Up in the Arctic by Jennifer Ward,  How to Ride a Polar Bear by Caryl Hart and If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor. The kids had fun feeding a walrus with letter fish! It was a great way to help them identify letters. We made narwhals and painted with forks to make polar bears. Helping penguins find there right ice shapes was lots of fun! It was a great week of learning! Next week we’ll be focusing on Chinese New Year!


Pre K 4

This week in Pre K 4 the children continued learning about Arctic animals. We compared Walrus to Polar Bears, what makes them different and what makes them similar. The children played Who Am I? as they listened to facts about the animals and had to guess which animal it was. Our art project this week was to make a walrus.

The children worked on recognizing letters as well as beginning letter sounds. They learned this by using clip cards and letter mats. Our HWT letters were lowercase w and t. During our large group time we worked on rhyming words and listened to favorite books like Poles Apart by Jeanne Willis and Lottie and Walter by Anna Walker

We practiced our math skills by making an Art math journal. The children glued penguins onto scenery, counting how many penguins were in the water and how many are on the land. The children put together number order puzzles and used mini Arctic animal erasers to understand how many less and how more.

Next week the children can look forward to learning about Groundhog Day and the Chinese New Year.