Jackson Early Childhood Center
The 3+ Tuesday/Thursday a.m. Classroom
March 2017 Newsletter
March has finally arrived; it is a time of seasonal changes, with the promise of warmer temperatures and more outdoor playtime. The first day of spring falls on March 20th this year, less than three weeks away!
We begin this month celebrating the birthday of children’s author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss! Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904; this would be his 113th birthday! His birthday kicks off the National Education Association’s annual reading motivation and awareness program and runs the entire month of March. In recognition of the NEA’s month long celebration of children’s literature and reading, we are dedicating our first week to several favorite storybooks of Dr. Seuss! Our own Jackson PTA’s annual “Read to Me Week” is scheduled for the week of March 20th, including a special classroom visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog! During this week, parents and grandparents are invited into our little classroom to share a favorite storybook with us. I will post a “Reading Volunteer” sign-up sheet during the first week of March. *(Volunteer readers must have an I-Chat on file). Thank you in advance, my goal is for us to share our love of reading with the children, to model reading behavior and to simply have fun with storybooks!
A big thank you to our Jackson Early Childhood Center PTA. We are so appreciative of everything this group of hardworking, dedicated parents continue to do on our young students’ behalf, enhancing our school and it’s programs throughout the year: providing educational programming, annual gifts to our library and gifts to each classroom, sponsoring our Fall Pumpkin Fest, the Beverly Meyers Music Lady Program, Nelson’s Wildlife Safari Show, the Spring Live Farm Animal Program, and so much more! *Our classroom is scheduled to attend the Wildlife Safari Show on Tuesday, March 21rst *(10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)!
Conference Footnote: It was a real pleasure spending a little one-on-one conference time with each of my student families. It is one of the very few times a teacher has to talk privately and at length with parents. My students are fun-spirited, curious little beings, filled with a love of learning and happy to be at school (most days)! Thank you families!
The importance of Sensory Play in early childhood education: Children learn about their world through play and exploration, learning through their senses, by looking, listening, touching, feeling and tasting. As early childhood teachers, we intentionally create sensory play experiences on a daily basis. We select a wide variety of materials – water play, sand play, buttons, rice, play dough, shaving cream, water beads, and much more! Novelty is the key, both messy and non-messy! The inherent benefits of sensory play are many – enhancing cognitive development, social skills, physical skills (fine motor), emotional development, communication skills and sense of self.
Zoophonics: Letters this Month will include – “q”, “r”, “s”, and “t”.
Monthly Virtue Theme: Honesty!
March Storybooks : Favorites by Dr. Seuss; There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly; Clifford the Small Red Puppy by Norman Bridwell; and The Circus Ship by Chris van Dusen.
February Birthdays: There are no student birthdays. However, Mrs. Fedoronko, our awesome school administrator celebrates her birthday this month – Happy, Happy Birthday, Miss Gayle!
March Events & Dates:
· JCDC/Preschool “New Family” Open House Tuesday, March 7th – 6:30 p.m.
· Wednesday, March 14th - Jackson PTA meeting, 7:00 p.m., at the Livonia Family YMCA.
· Thursday, March 16th – Wear Green Day!
· Friday, March 17th – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
· Monday, March 20th – The First Day of Spring!
· Monday, March 20th – The Jackson PTA sponsored “Read to Me” week with Clifford the Big Red Dog! Clifford will visit our classroom on Thursday, March 23rd!
· Tuesday, March 21 – Nelson’s Wildlife Safari Show! (10:45 – 11:30 a.m.).
· Monday, April 3rd through Friday, April 7th - Spring Break - No School, district-wide. School resumes on Monday, April 10th
It is a daily pleasure and a joy watching your children as they grow and mature, learning to control their impulses and self-regulate, practicing their listening skills and stretching their attention spans. This is a very energetic, young, classroom working very hard every Tuesday and Thursday. We must always remember too, that “play is the work of children”! Thanks again for all your cooperation and support. Please feel free to speak to me after class if you have any concerns or questions.
With appreciation, Mrs. Oppermann and Mrs. Berry