In March, the theme will be based on the Rainforest and South America, animals, people, culture and traditions. We will also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and Spring. Don’t forget to dress your child in green clothes on March 17th! Please return re-registration form to the office to guarantee your child’s place for the next 2020-2021 school year.
Little Acorn will be closed for Spring recess from Monday, March 30th through April 3rd. March 13th, is the deadline to submit the re-enrollment paperwork. Spring break daycare sign-ups have been sent out. If your child is attending Spring Break session, March 13th is the deadline to turn in your child’s registration. If you have any questions, please let us know.
February was full of friendship and kindness. The children enjoyed exchanging Valentine cards with one another. The teachers taught lessons on cultural awareness and friendship. The children listened and danced to different songs from the continent of Asia including music from China, India, Japan, Korea, and Asian Island countries. Teachers introduced games, cultural foods, clothing and books. The top book for the month is, Little Blue and Little Yellow, by Leo Lionni. The story is about two best friends. One day they can’t find each other, when they finally do, they give each other such a big hug then they turn green!
The children learned about Katsushika Hokusai who was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. The teachers and students also had discussions and lessons on President George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. In cooking, the students carried on the theme by creating friendship inspired recipes, friendship trail mix and friendship salads.
January was a great start to the new year. The students have settled back after the Holiday break. We even welcomed a few new friends to our school. The theme for the month was Winter Animals and Hibernation. Many discussions and readings were based on habitat and places they live in during cold season, and how animals prepare for hibernation. The children enjoyed the book, The Mitten. The toddlers were able to explore the different animals from the book. They learned about animals that can live in the snow. The primary rooms created jobs to promote the lessons of the story.
The classes also touched base on Martin Luther King and Chinese New Year. They read books about the great African American hero. They discussed diversity, acceptance and treating each other with kindness. To continue our appreciation of different cultures we had a live presentation to celebrate Chinese New Year. The grandparents of one of our students returned for the second year in a row to perform the dragon dance with traditional Chinese music to celebrate the year of the Rat. The children absolutely loved the dancing dragon, moving to the beat of the drum. They laughed and cheered as the dragon paraded across the school.
December was a short and busy month. The school wide theme covered Seasons and Holidays. The children enjoyed exploring the diversity of the different holidays while learning about the fun activities that occur in the winter. The students absolutely loved the visit from Santa Claus. He brought great joy to our school! The students had the opportunity to take photos with Santa. Some enjoyed Santa from afar, others were eager to give him a hug. All students were given a holiday treat. The staff and children worked so hard on making the holiday recital spectacular! They all did an excellent job with their performances!
We would like to show our gratitude for all the generous ways you have supported our school throughout the month of December. The See’s Candy fundraiser was a success! We had a high level of participation who promptly submitted their orders. We were also amazed at the interest and involvement in our Hathaway program, each gift was graciously given to support a child or teenager in need. Thank you to the families who contributed towards our Sweet and Salty treat exchange for staff. The staff really enjoyed the delicious and thoughtful treats. We truly appreciate all the efforts made by parents to partake and sustain our school events!
November was all about “Harvest and Healthy Bodies”. In our primary rooms the students were introduced to the benefits of eating foods off the food pyramid. They also learned about the importance participating in physical education. The students were familiar with some of the items on the food pyramid because of their experience with the Snack Host Program. Thank you, parents for your participation. They are developing a greater interest in healthy foods. In toddlers, the students also participated in the theme, “Harvest and Healthy Bodies” by learning how to sign the words, eat, happy and thank you. They really enjoyed singing songs with movements about food. The teachers sang, “Biscuits in the oven” and “I like to eat.”
For our November Enrichments, in cooking class the students were able to experiment with the seasonal flavors of pumpkin and cinnamon, which smelled so wonderful. For music, the students were introduced to Beethoven and the instruments he used. They listened to the song, “Hymn of Thanksgiving.” The children were mesmerized by the sounds. In art, the children had so much fun experimenting with splash paint. Leaves have been a fascination for the month, so the students were thrilled to include it into their art piece. The Spanish class practiced words to increase their vocabulary about the parts of the body. They did this by singing head, shoulders, knees and toes. During computers the children practiced using the mouse and keypad by exploring the various subjects on ABCMOUSE.