January Classroom Updates

Hello, Pre-K families! I wanted to share with you some of the activities we have been completing in Pre-K and some photos of us all! For the rest of January, we have continued with our theme of snow and snowmen. This week we have focused on the stories by Caralyn Buehner, linked below.

Snowmen at Night Story

Snowmen at Work Story

Snowmen All Year Story

We completed a fun craft to go with these stories, which is now hanging from the ceiling in our classroom. We first coloured coffee filters with markers, then dabbed them with water to blend the colours and finally added a snowman onto them. The illustrations with the beautiful colours of the sky in the stories inspired this craft.

Last week we also read the story The Wish Tree and now have our very own Wish Tree in our classroom. Check out all of our wishes!

We also have been enjoying some new snowmen songs and a new poem. Everyone has been loving this ABC snowmen song and we often shout out what letters are in our name!

Alphabet Snowmen Song

Here are some photos of us in the gym and in the classroom learning through play!

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Valentine’s activities in Pre-K will be on Monday, February 14th for the M/W class and Tuesday, February 15th for the T/TH class. Additional info about these days will be sent in an email next week.
  • Wednesday, February 16th and Thursday, February 17th will be Pink Shirt Day.
  • No School February 21st – 24th.
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten registration is open for next year! Follow this link for more information: Pre-K and K registration Returning Pre-K students for next year and Pre-K students going to Kindergarten next year, should have received an email with registration instructions. New Pre-K students can follow this link: https://www.brightfuturesplayacademy.ca/registration.html

Looking forward to seeing everyone again next week!

Mrs. Lawrence

Welcome back!

Welcome back, everyone! We had a wonderful week in Pre-K back together. Since it was finally warmer outside, we enjoyed as much time playing in the snow and on the playground as we could as well as snow painting was a favourite. We also enjoyed stories, activities and crafts all about snow and snowmen in the classroom.

Stories:

Snowman Magic

The Biggest, Best Snowman

We also developed our fine motor skills through a snowflake craft this week. We practiced our scissor skills by cutting on white strips of paper and then gluing our squares onto lines to make a snowflake. We then covered them in glitter! These beautiful snowflakes are being displayed in our hallway.

Winter songs & poems that we have been learning:

5 Little Snowmen Standing in a Row

Penguin Song

Play Centers:

Check out the pictures of us learning through play! We have a new dramatic play center in our classroom! We are loving our grocery store where we can shop, be the cashier and stock the shelves all while learning about turn taking, problem solving and collaboration.

Reminders:

  • Wednesday, January 19th and Thursday, January 20th will be Pajama Days! Wear your favourite PJ’s to Pre-K on those days.
  • Scholastic Book orders were sent home. If you are interested in ordering, you can visit https://classroomessentials.scholastic.ca/ and make sure to include our class code: RC138717 so that we can earn new books and activities for our classroom!
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten registration is open for next year! Follow this link for more information: Pre-K and K registration Returning Pre-K students for next year and Pre-K students going to Kindergarten next year, should have received an email with registration instructions. New Pre-K students can follow this link: https://www.brightfuturesplayacademy.ca/registration.html

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all Pre-K families! I hope everyone has a great holiday break and enjoys time with friends and family. We had fun this last week in Pre-K before the break and were excited to record a few videos for you to enjoy. Please watch below. As a reminder, the first day back to Pre-K after the break is Wednesday, January 5th for the M/W class and Thursday, January 6th for the T/TH class.

M/W Class videos:

I’m a Little Snowman

Snowflake, Snowflake

T/TH Class videos:

I’m a Little Snowman

Snowflake, Snowflake

Have a wonderful Christmas break!

Love,

Mrs. Lawrence

December Updates

Hello, everyone! We have been having so much fun completing Christmas themed activities in Pre-K and I can’t believe next week is our last week before the break! Please make sure to read the important notes for next week at the end of this post.

We have been busy decorating our classroom and the hallway outside of our room for Christmas, here are some photos of our work!

Free play has also been filled with Christmas themed activities for us to engage in. We have decorated a Christmas tree, wrapped presents, baked cookies for Santa and made Christmas pictures and cards. Here are some photos of us having lots of fun with these activities!

Parachute has also been a favourite activity in gym the last two weeks. Check out us playing parachute games!

Here are a couple fun movement songs that we have been enjoying!

Winter Hokey Pokey

Reindeer Hokey Pokey

Here are a few of the stories we have listened to!

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

10 Things You Never Knew About Santa Claus

Important Notes:

  • On the last day before Christmas break for both classes (Wednesday, December 15th and Thursday, December 16th) I will record the students singing a few songs to send out to you. We have been busy practicing these songs and are excited to share them with you! I will post them on this website for you to see. On these days if you wanted to have your child dress in red or green or something Christmas themed, they would be welcome to!
  • Next week we won’t have access to the gym so weather permitting I would like us to have outside play time every morning. Please make sure to send your child with all of their winter gear.
  • The first day back after the Christmas break is Wednesday, January 5th for the M/W class and Thursday, January 6th for the T/TH class.
  • You can still donate to Gifts for Grandparents if you wish. Click here for more details.
  • Ticket sales are still open for the Families in Need Raffle. Click here for more details.

Can’t wait to see everyone next week for our last days of school before the break!

Mrs. Lawrence

Classroom updates!

Hello again, everyone! It is hard to believe we are almost into December already! Time has been flying in Pre-K and we have been having so much building upon friendships, playing and exploring together.

Last week was our “Rock Your Mocs” Day activity so we completed activities around Indigenous culture. We read two stories: Awasis and the World-Famous Bannock and The Sharing Circle. We each decorated our own set of moccasins on “Rock Your Mocs” Day. The Sharing Circle was also a great story to help us learn about listening to one another and being kind to one another. We have our own “talking stick” in our classroom and have been participating in our own sharing circles where we start the day by saying how we are feeling and end the day by sharing our favourite part of the day.

Awasis and the World-Famous Bannock Story

The Sharing Circle Story

Here are some photos of our moccasins as well as the owls we made after reading The Sharing Circle.

This last week we finished up our mini animal unit and read two books by Nick Bland: The Very Cranky Bear and The Very Sleepy Bear. Both stories were also great to further our discussions about how we are feeling when we come to school in the morning. This week we each made a fox that we took home.

The Very Cranky Bear Story

The Very Sleepy Bear Story

Reminders & Updates:

  • Pre-K Parent Teacher Interviews are next week on Tuesday, November 30th and Wednesday, December 1st. Thank you for signing up to discuss your child’s growth in Pre-K! If you have not had a chance to sign up yet and/or the dates do not work for you, just send me an email.
  • Families in Need Raffle: See the picture below and click here for more information and tickets!
  • Gifts for Grandparents Toonie Drive: we will be collecting toonies in our classroom! See the picture below and click here for more information!
  • If you are interested in ordering from Scholastic, you can visit https://classroomessentials.scholastic.ca/ and make sure to include our class code: RC138717 so that we can earn new books and activities for our classroom!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Lawrence