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Jan 22, 8:10: Class Photo Taken
Jan 24, 8:00 - 9:00: Pre K Chinese New Year activities with Daisy's Mom
Jan 28, 1:45: Chinese New Year Assembly
Jan 29: Last day before Chinese New Year Break
Feb 10: Back to school for students
Jan 29: Last day before Chinese New Year Break
Feb 10: Back to school for students

January 24, 2014

Daisy’s mom brought some “good fortune” signs for your child to decorate at your home – Remember to post it upside down, which indicates that “good fortune” has come to your home already!  She also gave each student a red envelope!  Thank you, Daisy’s mom!

Making Chinese Dumplings

Chinese dumpling is one of the most important foods in Chinese New Year. Since the shape Of Chinese dumpling is similar to ancient gold or silver ingots, they symbolize wealth. Traditionally, the members of a family get together to make dumplings during the New Year’s Eve. They may hide a coin in one of the dumplings. The person who finds the coin will likely have a good fortune in the New Year. Chinese dumpling is also in other Chinese holidays or festivals, so it is part of the Chinese culture or tradition.

source: http://www.kingofchinesedumpling.com/english/index.htm

Daisy’s mom provided tasty dumpling ingredients for children to make their own!  The children not only enjoyed making them but also they loved eating them!  Tiger ate about 15 dumplings.  Ask your child how many dumplings she or he ate this afternoon!

Thank you so much for your generosity and sharing your rich culture with us, Daisy’s mom!  We have learned a lot today!




Winter Walk About

The “Winter Walk About” is a wonderful opportunity for students to get some moderate to vigorous activity time especially during the winter months when many of us want to just sit and be warm.  It was fun to run together during our lunch recess today!


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January 23, 2014

UnknownValentine’s Day Cards

Valentine’s Day is on its way and here is a great project for your child!  Please help your child make a Valentine card for each child in the class. Your child’s creativity is developed by making Valentine cards for friends to mail in the classroom post office, where each child will have a box.  The children’s names are Daisy, Emma, Sojin, Tiger, Melanie, Ludia, Alvy, Joseph, Ms. Myra ad Mrs. Borden! Please send the cards to school whenever you can before Tuesday, February 11.  Thank you!

Pattern blocks are tools that can be moved and manipulated into various shapes, patterns and designs to reinforce math concepts. The blocks provide a hands-on learning and teaching method to reach all learners in a visual, kinesthetic and interpersonal manner. Our children made some amazing designs with the pattern blocks.

Read more: Pattern Block Activities for Kids | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/info_8132865_pattern-block-activities-kids.html#ixzz2CLrxUmhn

Explore and Play with Pattern Blocks


Explore and Play with Pattern Blocks
The children put together penguins by using three hexagon, two large diamond, four thin diamond pattern blocks.


Waking up to a world of snowy white-what could be better? Young peter can’t wait to jump in his snowsuit and run out to explore. There are snowmen to build snowballs to pack, mountains to climb and snowbanks to collapse in-to carve a snow angel! And when the day is done, there’s a dark night of dreams and drifting snow, and a new snowy day to awake to.

No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal. Source: Barnes & Noble


The children loved the story and I promised that I will read it again another time. The children sorted clothes into winter clothes and summer clothes as a follow up activity.


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January 22, 2014

Roll and Write Game – Review letters Cc, Pp, Oo, Aa, Ff,  and Ss

The children rolled the die and wrote the letter they rolled in the first square using a dry erase marker.  They continued rolling and writing until all of the squares were filled up.  When they were done, they counted each letter and determined which had the most/least/same amount.



Snacks for 100 Days of School
Pre K / K will have joint activities to celebrate the completion of 100 days of school on Tuesday, Feb. 11th.  Each class will plan special activities and students will visit each of the three classes to take part. One activity is to count and eat 100 very small edible items (raisins, small cookies, etc.) in Ms. Preeti’s kindergarten class.  It would greatly help if you could contribute at least 100 pieces of such snack food, being sure that they are very small.

Pre K and K classes will combine the various snacks and divide them into mixed portions of 100 for each child. Thank you!

Chinese New Year is on its way!  The children made Chinese fans and enjoyed dancing  to Chinese traditional music.



Counting and more Counting


In the fall, some birds begin to get cold.  They can not find enough food to eat.  They fly south where it is warm and there is plenty of food.  They stay there until spring.  Then, they fly north and stay until the weather turns cold again.


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January 21, 2014

IMG_1527Copy Me, Copycub by Richard Edwards

Up into trees, through swamps and woods, over hills and dales, through spring, summer, and fall, Copycub follows his moro’s lead. Finally, when the leaves have fallen and winter arrives, the two bears must make their way through the cold and snow to their warm winter resting place. Little does the cub know that while he copies his mother, he is learning precious life lessons.Richard Edwards’s warm story of a little cub who learns by example will hit home with children everywhere. All the rich details of nature are made inviting in Susan Winter’s gentle illustrations. The children loved the story!

What is HIBERNATION? Technically, it is a time when animals sleep through the cold winter. However, it is very, very different than a human’s deep sleep. An animal can actually be moved or touched and not even be aware of it!

A hibernating animal’s body temperature drops drastically and their breathing slows. Their body fat (from all of the extra eating they did in the summer and fall to prepare for this time) gets them through the winter. During the winter, these animals can actually be moved or touched and not even be aware of it! In springtime when they awaken, they are very thin, but healthy.

Some animals that hibernate are badgers, bats, chipmunks, dormice, ground squirrels, ground hogs, hamsters, hedgehogs, raccoons and skunks. Also on this list are sloth, iguanas, frogs, snails, snakes and some turtles. You can also add bees and earthworms to the list! http://www.preschool-plan-it.com/hibernation.html

The children made a picture of a bear hibernating in its cave.


The children also learned a song -
Bear is sleeping
Bear is sleeping
In a cave
In a cave
I wonder when he’ll come out
I wonder when he’ll come out
In the spring
In the spring.

We are working on the letter Yy.


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January 20, 2014

Monday Journal Writing

Why Early Writing experiences?
“If children are provided with marking tools, a suitable surface on which to apply them, and a safe place to play, they begin to make marks at quite an early age”(Gardner, 1980; Baghban, 1984;Schickendanz, 1990).
“Encouraging young children to ‘write’ in the way that they want to write increases their motivation and allows them to focus on the message they want to convey” (Burns & Casbergue, 1992). “Writing is an important part of a child’s literacy development. Pretend writing should be as meaningful to young children as pretend reading, so that there is no fear of writing later on. Writing should be a natural, enjoyable, successful part of play” (Levine,2007)
What is the purpose of using journals in Pre-K?
Journals can serve a variety of purposes. Most importantly, journals give the child a sense of ownership over his or her work. It is very empowering for a four / five year old to have something that is their very own where they can write or draw anything they choose. Giving the child ownership of the journal makes the journal writing process more meaningful. Children learn best when what they are learning is meaningful to them.
The children had a wonderful time ‘writing’ their journals and sharing their stories with their friends this morning.

Joseph: I played Wii and X box.
Melanie: I went to a shop with my mom and washed my hair.  We bought some food.
Sojin: I helped mom wash some vegetables
Daisy: Ludia came to my house.  We ate lunch together and watched TV.
Emma: I made cookies with my mom.
Ludia: I went to Daisy’s house to play.  We had lunch together and watched TV.
Alvy: I went to my friend’s party.
Tiger: I played with my sister and my grandpa.  Mom and daddy went to get some ice cream by car.

Some Winter Words That We Have Been Learning – cold, shiver, snow, snowman, snowballs, snow flakes, hats, scarfs, boots, mittens, gloves, ski, ice state, sled, polar bears, penguins and fire place


The towel or blanket that your child has been using at school for the rest time is probably getting a bit dirty.  Please send a clean one whenever you would like; I will make sure the used one goes home with your child.


Establishing a Bedtime Routine

Preschoolers sleep about 10 to 12 hours during each 24-hour period, but there’s no need to be rigid about which 10 to 12 hours these are. The most important thing is to help kids develop good habits for getting to sleep.

A bedtime routine is a great way to ensure that your preschooler gets enough sleep. Here are a few things to keep in mind when establishing one:

  • Include a winding-down period during the half hour before bedtime.
  • Stick to a bedtime, alerting your child both half an hour and 10 minutes beforehand.
  • Set fixed times for going to bed, waking up, and taking naps.
  • Keep consistent playtimes and mealtimes.
  • Avoid stimulants, such as caffeine, near bedtime.
  • Make the bedroom quiet, cozy, and conducive to sleeping.
  • Use the bed only for sleeping — not for playing or watching TV.
  • Limit food and drink before bedtime.
  • Allow your child to choose which pajamas to wear, which stuffed animal to take to bed, etc.
  • Consider playing soft, soothing music.
  • Tuck your child into bed snugly for a feeling of security.

Source: http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/sleep/sleep_preschool.html#

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January 17, 2014

100 days of School Home Project

A very important day is soon coming up:  The 100th day of your child’s formal education here this year at SAS!  While this may seem insignificant, it highlights an important milestone.  To mark this, and to encourage our children to expand their mathematical knowledge, we are focusing on the  number 100, and I am asking you to help me do this while also have some fun with your child and watching them grow.

I am sending home a piece of heavy blue construction paper marked off in squares, with numbers 10 – 100 in the corners.  Here is where the fun begins!  Please work with your child to find ten each of ten common things – popcorn, cornflakes, marbles, buttons, pebbles, or whatever you and your child can find around the house.  Variety is the fun part!  Glue or fasten each of the articles – ten of an item per square – so that you finish with 100 items in all, separated by tens.  Now your child can both understand and visualize what that magic word “One Hundred” means, practice counting to ten and one hundred, and collecting and gluing things with you!

At school we will look at the various items, count to 100 lots of times, and enjoy each child’s creation.  Please be sure that your child is involved in every step of this activity – finding the articles (maybe making and eating popcorn??), counting them out, gluing them to the paper.  This is how they really learn.

Please return the finished project to school by Wednesday, January 29.
Thanks for helping with this activity.     Mrs. Borden

We “CAN” read! I helped the children read “Mitten Colors” in small groups.  When you read a short book to your child, it is a good practice to follow the words with your finger as you read.  It will help your child read “left to right” which is a very important concept. The children are bring their books home this afternoon.


We played a game “Little Mouse, Little Mouse, where Is your house?” The children helped find the hibernating mouse! :)


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Have a great weekend!

January 16, 2014

Class Photo Day – Wednesday, January 22 at 8:10 AM

Don’t Wake Up the Bear!

It’s a cold, snowy night, and a big, soft bear sleeps soundly in his cave. A small hare wanders by, and since his ears are so cold, he snuggles up in the bear’s cozy den. Before long, a fox comes along with the same idea. “You may come in,” says the hare, “but don’t wake up the bear!” As the night wears on, the nest of sleeping animals expands until a mouse with a cold curls up right in the bear’s ear-and wakes him up with a loud sneeze! Warm, playful illustrations and a repeating refrain make this book perfect for year-round reading.  www.amazon.com

After listening to the story, the children put the pages in the same order as animals appeared  in the book and circled each of the animals’ cold body parts.



Hibernation Freeze Dance

The children danced to the music until  I STOPPED the music.  They then did ” FREEZE and LISTEN!”  I called out the name of an animal and if it was an animal that hibernates, the children all dropped to the floor and pretended to sleep until the music started again. The children are very proud that they know such a BIG word: hibernation!


Just fun . . .


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January 15, 2014


Today, we drew self-portraits and compared them to the ones we did at the beginning of the school year.  The children all agreed that they did much better this time.



Animal Characters in “The Mitten”
Two children liked the fox and the mouse and three children liked the rabbit the most.



We are “catching” some winter words.



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January 14, 2014

We “CAN” read! I helped the children read “In Winter” in small groups.  When you read a short book to your child, it is a good practice to follow the words with your finger as you read.  It will help your child read “left to right” which is a very important concept. The children are bring their books home this afternoon.


We are learning a poem “I Am a Little Snowman.”


Roll and Write Game – Review letters Hh, Gg, Jj, Nn, Ww and Bb

The children rolled the die and wrote the letter they rolled in the first square using a dry erase marker.  They continued rolling and writing until all of the squares were filled up.  When they were done, they counted each letter and determined which had the most/least/same amount.



The children did a sorting and graphing activity using animals that like and dislike the snow.


Daisy’s mom got three fish and two turtles for our class. The children are thrilled to have class pets and take turns to feed them again. Thank you, Daisy’ mom!


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January 13, 2014

IMG_1359The Mitten

When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing. One by one, woodland animals find the mitten and crawl in; first a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse, and what happens next makes a wonderfully funny climax.
As the story of the animals in the mitten unfolds, the reader can see Nicki in the borders of each page, walking through the woods unaware of what is going on.

Once again Jan Brett has created a dramatic and beautiful picture book in her distinctive style. She brings the animals to life with warmth and humor, and her illustrations are full of visual delights and details faithful to the Ukrainian tradition, from which the story comes.

source: http://www.janbrett.com/bookstores/mitten_book.htm

After listening to the story, we made our own mittens and did some follow up activities today!

Designing and painting mittens.



Finding animal characters in the book, “The Mitten.”


Finding matching mittens.


The children made snowy day scenes in their computer class.


Compare and Order
Comparison activities – developing the language of comparison using such terms as biggest, smallest, longest, etc.

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