Note From The Teachers
This month we will start a new unit of study- “Light”. In this unit, children have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of natural and man-made sources of light. Activities throughout the unit prompt children to explore light, darkness and shadows with hands-on materials as well as provide opportunities for children to make predictions and think about their world in increasingly abstract ways.
In this unit of study, students will learn
- There are many types of lights in our homes and our cities.
- Light helps us see and stay warm.
- Light helps plants grow.
- When there is little or no light it is dark.
- Shadows appear when an object blocks light.
Our focus questions will be:
- How and why do we use different kinds of light?
- What kinds of lights are around us?
- What is darkness?
- How does light help us? What are shadows?
Spellbound Theatre will be presenting a workshop related to our theme Shadow and Light in our classrooms on Feb. 8th. Students will meet characters created out of lights, shadows, and puppets, and experiment with how to make shadow characters of their own. Inspired by the story of “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod”, the workshop will inspire creative play and storytelling using very simple yet excited materials.
Music with Ms. Shannon
This month, we will continue studying the orchestra, as well as other types of art forms such as ballet and theater. As part of our light unit, students will create theatrical, dance, and musical performances using shadow puppets.
Books We Will Read
Round Trip by Ann
Trip to the city read front to back and back to front.
Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? By Martin Waddell: Big Bear shows Little Bear that dark is nothing to fear.
All About Light by Lisa Trumbauer: Where does light comes from? How does it travel?
You are Invited!
On February 28th for Emergency Preparedness Workshop at 8:10 AM. The presentation is about 30 minutes long. The presenter will go over 4 important steps in making an emergency plan, such as having important phone numbers, meeting places, a go bag demonstration and a stay at home kit. We hope you can attend!
-The school day begins at 8:10 AM. Please try to get your child to school on time to ensure a smooth morning transition.
-All adults entering the school building must have valid ID.
Strollers will no longer be permitted to be brought to the classrooms due to safety concerns for all students. You are welcome to park your stroller in the lobby.