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Welcome To Easton Preschool Room 9B

~ Where you'll Watch Your Child Blossom! ~

Mrs. Manuela Hartman and Mrs. Vanessa Whitehurst

 

I would like to welcome you and your Preschool student to Room 9B at Easton Preschool.  My name is Manuela Hartman and I am very excited to have your child in my class. It is going to be a year full of fun, excitement and lots of learning. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful and talented paraprofessional, Mrs. Vanessa Whitehurst, to help out in our room. Together we are looking forward to a year full of learning, laughing and making new friends!

 


 QUICK REMINDERS:

 SUPPLIES

-Complete change of clothing, including socks and underwear.

-Regular size book bag (children’s art and school papers do not fit in small book bags).

-Diapers or Pull-ups if applicable to your child.

DRESS

-Very casual. Preschool is messy! Belts with complicated fasteners make it difficult to foster independent potty skills, so please try to avoid them.

SAFETY FIRST:

-No open-toed shoes (flip-flops, sandals) at school. This is city health code.  -Avoid slip-on shoes since they frequently come off throughout the day.

-Please no dangling, hanging, or expensive jewelry. These can be pulled off or lost, and the school cannot replace them.

-Please do not send you child with ball caps, toys, stuffed animals, blankets, etc. They can be easily lost and distracting to students.

SCHOOL-HOME COMMUNICATION

Class time is very busy and we spend every minute providing instruction for your child. We invite you to write notes in your child’s communication notebook. We check the backpacks and notebooks daily, but may not be able to respond until the following day. You may also call Easton Preschool 892-3290, Ext 3009 and leave a message for Miss Manuela and I will call you that same day. You may also email me at MMAHartman@nps.k12.va.us

PARENT FOLDERS

Please fill out, sign, and return any forms in the front of your child’s “new student folder”.  

ATTENDANCE

It is very important that your child comes to school on a daily basis. The more your child is present in my classroom, the more he or she will learn.  I would also ask you that your child not be sent to school if he or she is not feeling well or is showing symptoms of an illness. This is for the benefit of not only your child, but classmates and teachers alike.

 

Thank you so much for your support! 

Miss Manuela and Miss Vanessa


September News:

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The first week of school was a success!  All students seemed to have adapted very well.  We have learned about "buses",  listened to stories, sang songs (The Wheels on the Bus), and painted yellow buses!  


Our theme for this week is still “Riding The Bus To School”. Next week we will begin a new theme- “Me At School”.  We will learn about school rules and our classmates and teachers as we explore ways we are the same and different.  The class will discuss their favorite foods, colors, and toys.  Each student will get to create his/her own unique self-image.  

 Reminders:
*If you have not sent in a change of clothes for your child, please do so as soon as possible! To avoid lost or mix ups, please label your child’s personal belongings (Back packs, lunch boxes, jackets, supplies, etc.).


*We are also asking each student to contribute with snack for the classroom one time per month (Our class has 8 students). We ask that you limit snack choices to healthy items such as Teddy Grahams, Goldfish crackers, Cheese-nips, Cheerios, Pretzels, etc.

* Tissues, anti-bacterial wipes and disposable wipes are always welcomed.

Have a great day and thank you for all that you do!

Miss Manuela and Miss Vanessa

 

 


Important Dates:

09/17/13- Easton Preschool Open House: 5:30-6:30

09/20/13- Early Release- No School for P.M. Students


October News

 

Thematic Unit: Pumpkins

Theme-Related Books:

Five Little Pumpkins

Where is Baby’s Pumpkin? 

The Little Old Lady That Wasn’t Afraid of Anything

Theme-Related Songs:

Five Little Pumpkins

 Five Little Spiders

 Big Pumpkin/Little Pumpkin

 I am a Little Pumpkin

Phonics: Noisy Story Boo!

Unit Vocabulary:

Pumpkin, big, little, gate, late, run, cat, leaves, light

Nursery Rhyme:

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Technology: 

Smartboard and Starfall

Colors:

orange, yellow, green, and red

Academic Concepts:

big/little, empty/full

Math: counting 1-5

Shape: circle, triangle

Prepositions: in, on, under

 

 


November News

Themes:Fall, Leaves, Trees

Theme-Related Books: Going On a Leaf Hunt and Autumn Leaves

Theme-Related Songs: Row, Row Your Boat and Autumn Leaves

Unit Vocabulary:  Leaves, mountain, lake, skunk, up, down

Nursery Rhyme:Hickory, Dickory, Dock

Technology:  Smartboard and Starfall

Academic Concepts:

Colors: yellow, green orange, brown and red

Math: Count 1- 5

Shape: circle, triangle, square

Prepositions: in, on, under, up, down

 

November's Nursery Rhyme

Hickory Dickory Dock

 

Hickory Dickory Dock,

The mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck one,

The mouse ran down!

Hickory Dickory Dock.


 

December News

Themes: Gingerbread Boy

Theme-Related Books: The Gingerbread Boy

Theme-Related Songs: Munch, Crunch and Five Little Gingerbread Men

Unit Vocabulary: Cookie, boy, cow, horse, fox, fast, eat, run, swim

Nursery Rhyme: Jack Be Nimble

Colors: yellow, green orange, brown, red

Academic Concepts:

Math: Count 1- 5

Shape: circle, triangle, square

Prepositions: in, on, under, up, down

 

 

 

 


January News

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR ROOM 9B STUDENTS AND FAMILIES! 

We hope that you all had an enjoyable and restful holiday break!

As we get back into the classroom, the theme for this month is winter and snow!  We’ll read some books about winter and snow. We’ll talk about snowmen and make snowflakes for the classroom. We’ll also talk about the special clothing that we wear during the winter.

January Themes

Winter and Winter Clothing

Snow, snowflakes, and snowmen  

Academic Focus

Color: white

Letter:  S

Fine Motor:  Drawing circles  

Books

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow

The Beautiful Coat

The Mitten

A Cold and Snowy Day

Curriculum-related Songs

Great Big Ball of Snow

Five Little Snowflakes

I am a little Snowflake

Nursery Rhyme

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Unit Vocabulary

Snowman, snowflake, snowball, jacket, hat, scarf, mittens, round

January’s Nursery Rhyme

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are


February News

Dear Families,

We hope that the snow we had did not inconvenience any of you too much. I am sure that we could all share at least one story about this wintery weather event. Did you take any pictures of the family while the snow was still on the ground? Make a cool snowman or have a snowball fight? If you did and are willing to share your pictures, please send them in during the next week or so and we will talk about them during our circle activities.  I will return them back to you by the end of the month.  

We have been reading the book The Mitten by Jan Brett and The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  For the first 2 weeks in February we have also been reading Hugs and Hearts and The Little Valentine (noisy story).

February Themes  

Winter and winter clothing  

Snow, snowflakes and snowmen

Friends, friendship  

Academic Focus

Color: white, red

Letter:  S, M, V

Fine Motor:  Drawing circles and hearts  

Books

The Mitten by Jan Brett

The Mitten (noisy story)

A Cold and Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Hugs and Hearts

The Little Valentine (noisy story)

Curriculum-related Songs

Great Big Ball of Snow

Five Little Snowflakes

I am a little Snowflake

I Love You

Nursery Rhyme

The Three Little Kittens

Unit Vocabulary

Mitten, cold, snow, winter, white, friend, hug, red

Concepts and skills: Identifying and matching the colors red and white, the shapes circle and heart, and the letters "M, S, and V" We will also be matching and identifying a variety of shapes, practice imitating pre-writing strokes, and much more. We will also review our colors (orange, yellow, brown, green, and blue) and shapes (circle, triangle, square and rectangle) based on students’ IEP goals and objectives.

Dates to Remember:

1.  February 13 - Pajama and Movie Day (Children and staff wear their pajamas to school!)

2.  February 14 -Valentine’s Day(Please help make this a fun occasion by having your child wear red or pink and pass out cards and/or Valentine treats to his/her classmates. We have 7 children.

3.  February 17 - President's Day is now a Make-Up Snow Day.

 


March News

Dear Families,

 

This month we are welcoming Spring with the book Over in the Meadow by LouiseVoce.  For the first 2 weeks in March we have also been reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr/Eric Carle and We’ re Going on a Bear Hunt  by Michael Rosen.

 

March Themes  

Bears

Spring Weather

Animal Habitats

Baby animals and their families

Friendship  

Academic Focus

Color: brown, green

Letter:  B, M, A

Fine Motor:  Drawing rectangles and triangles  

Books 

Over in the Meadow

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Ezra Jack Keats

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Curriculum-related Songs

Over In the Meadow

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

I am a Little Turtle

Nursery Rhyme

The Little Turtle Who Lived in a Box

Unit Vocabulary

Bee, fox, frog, mouse, owl, squirrel, turtle, buzz, dig, squeak, jump, hop, swim, play  

Concepts and skills: Identifying and matching the colors brown and green, the shapes rectangle and triangle, and the letters " B, M, A " We will also be matching and identifying a variety of shapes, practice imitating pre-writing strokes, and much more. We will also review our colors (orange, yellow, brown, green, and blue) and shapes (circle, triangle, square and rectangle) based on students’ IEP goals and objectives.

 

Dates to Remember:

1. March 21 – Early Release Day (No School for P.M. students)

2. March 24 - Picture Day (Pre-Paid orders only)

3. March 27 – Resource Fair

 

 

March’s Nursery Rhyme

The Little Turtle Who Lived in a Box

 

There was a little turtle

Who lived in a box.

He swam in the puddles

And climbed on the rocks.

He snapped at the mosquito,

He snapped at the flea.

He snapped at the minnow,

And he snapped at me.

He caught the mosquito,

He caught the flea.

He caught the minnow,

But he didn’t catch me!

 

 

 

 


April News

Dear Families,

This month we are reading a book entitled Bunny My Honey and Going on an Egg Hunt.   Bunny My Honey is a beautifully illustrated story that shows a young bunny, Honey Bunny, exploring the world with his Mama Bunny. This book uses the themes of love and family to show what happens to Mama and Honey Bunny.

April Themes

Bunnies, Chicks, Eggs

Spring Weather

Animal Habitats

Baby animals and their families

Friendship  

Academic Focus

Color: Yellow, green

Letter:  B, C, E

Fine Motor:  Drawing Oval Shapes and triangles  

Books 

Bunny My Honey

The Runaway Bunny 

Going on an Egg Hunt

Curriculum-related Songs

5 Little Bunnies

5 Little Ducks

5 Little Eggs

Nursery Rhyme

Humpty Dumpty

Unit Vocabulary

Basket, bunny, chick, duck, egg, yellow

Concepts and skills: Identifying and matching the colors yellow, and green the shape oval, and the letters " B, C, E " We will also be matching and identifying a variety of shapes, practice imitating pre-writing strokes, and much more. We will also review our colors (orange, yellow, brown, green, and blue) and shapes (circle, triangle, square and rectangle) based on students’ IEP goals and objectives.

Dates to Remember: April 14-1 – Spring Break (schools closed)

April’s Nursery Rhyme

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.