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Sproutlings News – Week of March 25 and April 1st

Reminders and Upcoming Events:

Reminders:

  • We will be closed Friday, April 19th.
  • Save the date! Sproutlings will be holding a Trike-a-thon to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Please support this wonderful cause and burn a few calories! Children are welcome to bring their bikes, trikes, strollers, scooters and wagons! The event will take place on Sunday, May 19th at 3:00 pm. The event will last about an hour. This is a great opportunity to meet other Sproutlings families. Click on the link below to register!

    http://fundraising.stjude.org/SproutlingsChildcare

  • Sproutlings families will be marching in the New Providence Memorial Parade on Monday, May 27th. This is a great opportunity to meet other families and support the community.
  • Sproutlings is always happy to take book donations! If you are doing some spring cleaning and come across any children’s books, please feel free to bring them in!
  • In an effort to keep all students and teachers as healthy as possible, we are having students wash their hands when they first enter their classroom. Please feel free to help the teachers with this by having your child wash their hands immediately upon entering the classroom each day.
  • Toys from home often result in tears and hurt feelings. It is also hard for teachers to keep track of. Lovies, blankets, and stuffed animals for nap time are always welcome. All other toys should stay home.
  • A reminder to provide the office with an updated vaccination record whenever your child receives new vaccines. We also accept the printed versions from the online portal.  A Universal Health Record is required once a year after your child’s yearly physical.

Peapods

Peapod I

We are so very happy to welcome new friends to our Peapod room.  Welcome Aryan, Logan, and Michael. We are so happy you are here! We were lucky to be able to get outside for walks while the weather was nice.  We usually sleep pretty well after a nice walk.  We are getting stronger every day.  Some of us are now able to pull up and stand holding on and others are starting to learn to drink from a cup. How exciting! We sang many songs including our song of the week which was “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and read a few stories like Gary & Harry A Tale of Two Turtles by Lisa Hatsumoto. As usual, we are getting in our tummy time.  Some of us really don’t like it, but we keep it up! We’re introducing the tunnel to some of our new friends.  Hopefully they will love it as much as our older friends do.

Peapod II

Peapods II had another busy week! We got to enjoy the sunshine and stretch our legs outside. Our friends have gotten more comfortable using the walker to practice walking. Ms. Jocelyn brought in a basil plant from home and we enjoyed touching the leaves and smelling it. For art we made footprint bumblebees and played with our dot markers. This week we sang “Rockabye Baby” while holding our plush babies. Our book this week was You Are My Sunshine by Caroline Jane Church.

Seedlings

This week in the Seedling’s room was tons of fun! We really enjoyed being able to go outside in the beautiful weather! It’s such a thrill going down the slide and learning how to climb the ramp! We’re really working hard on our gross motor skills. The Seedlings had fantastic time coloring with crayons and naming all the colors in the process. Our favorite author is Steve Antony who does the Mr. Panda series. We really enjoyed our new one Thank you, Mr. Panda. Our song of the week is “One Little Finger.” We cant get enough of the tapping part.

Little Sprouts

This week our theme was weather in the Little Sprouts classroom! We have been very excited to finally be getting outside to the playground since the weather has been so nice. We readMaisy’s Wonderful Weather Book by Lucy Cousins. We sang “If All the Raindrops,” “Oh Mr. Sun!” and “What’s the Weather?” ‘Our sensory table was filled with water and plastic boats. We love playing with water! For art, we mixed black and white paint together to make a grey storm cloud. We worked on putting puzzles together, putting the pegs into our new hedgehog toy, and making pretend phone calls. We love talking to mommy and daddy about how our day has been! We’ve been enjoying learning new songs and movements during our music class with Miss Michelle from Elefante Music and we can’t wait to see what our coaches from Stretch-N-Grow are going to show us next week. Next week we will be talking about insects.

Beanstalks

We had so much fun in Beanstalks this week!  We answered the question “What is weather?” Weather is an important part of our everyday lives and we talked about how the weather decides what we wear and the activities we do! We practiced the letter W for weather. The story we read this week was Franklin and the Thunderstorm. Some of us are afraid of thunder and lightning just like Franklin.

In math, we did cloud counting. We worked on identifying the number on the cloud and counting out the right number of manipulatives to place on the cloud. We also made sunshine names and practiced identifying letters and spelling our names correctly. We enjoyed watching our flowers grow! We learned all about the parts of a flower and what they need to grow. Our sunflowers are getting so big and our tomatoes finally sprouted! Next week, we will continue our study on weather!

Saplings 

In Saplings this week we started a new study about weather. This week we discovered what weather is pleasant and what weather is dangerous. We also learned about the four seasons and what happens in each. Our story we read this week was Weather Watchers by Nan Walker.  In literacy we continued practicing our handwriting skills. We focused on the letter “S” this week. The kids traced the letter and formed it with sand. The kids also matched upper and lower case letters. We also played our favorite game, a weather memory matching game. In our science center we added a thermometer and weather words. We also watched our orbeez grow from tiny balls to big balls and added them to our sensory table. The kids had a blast!

Last week we celebrated all of our learning from the building study. We focused on what goes on inside a building. We studied signs that are found on buildings. We read Building,Building, Building by Judith Stamper. In literacy we focused on learning the letter “G” and traced the letter. In math we built towers with blocks and found out which tower was taller than the other. To celebrate our study the kids made The Three Little Pigs houses made out of milk cartons.

Pre K 4

The Oaks and the Maples

This week in Pre-K 4 we worked on shapes and graphing. The children had an opportunity to identify various shapes and graph them on a chart.  We continued working on numbers, specifically numbers 11-20. The children identified each number. Using mini bee erasers, they then made the number they identified. Next, they children showed the quantity of the number and finally the wrote the number.

     In keeping with the children’s interest in insects, we read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The children answered questions relating to the book and later retold the story by putting picture cards in sequential order.

Last week, we finished up our building study by talking about buildings in a neighborhood. The children were very excited to share pictures of their homes, discussing the similarities and differences between each. We read the book House, Sweet House by Judith Bauer Stamper, in which the children learned about all different types of houses all over the world.

     We started off the spring season with a discussion on bugs. The children learned all about what makes a bug an insect! They made play dough bugs and worked on addition and subtraction concepts using the spots of a ladybug. The children measured pictures of different types of insects using Unifix cubes. This week their favorite book was Leo The Lightening Bug by Eric Drachman
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