The Blue Room Note — January 28-February 8

Hopefully you have found some fun inside activities, as this cold doesn’t make it very enjoyable to be outside for long. That being said, please remember we go outside if the temperature, including wind chill, is at least 15 degrees. The blue room will be focusing on penguins and snow this coming week and Valentine’s preparation will come the following week.

Reminders:

  • Book orders are coming home Monday, February 4th, and are due back Wednesday, February 13th. Please make checks payable to Scholastic.
  • Valentine’s Day parties will be Wednesday, February 13th. If you would like your child to participate in the card exchange, please send 15 signed Valentine’s (unless you are afternoon only — Layla and John — you only need to bring 9). Please DO NOT address them, as this makes passing them out too lengthy.
  • Summer and Fall registration is now online, please note that families of children already enrolled at Kinderfarm may enroll now (as of January 22). Open enrollment for families not currently enrolled will begin February 1. If you would like to enroll for a summer session or fall; please download the paperwork, complete the forms, and return them with deposits.

January 28-February 1

Monday morning: Today your child will act like a character (one of the penguins) and choose a color to paint the snow. “Penguins Love Colors” is a book we read a while ago in the blue room. The children enjoyed the story, so I have decided to revisit it and have some fun painting the snow!

Monday afternoon: This will be a two-part activity involving the book, “The Snowy Day.” Today the children and I will do some pre-story activities; playing catch with a pretend snowball and sharing what each child’s choice would be on a snowy day. I will read the story after we do the activity.

Wednesday morning: I will read “Penguins, Penguins Everywhere” to give the children some background information about Penguins. We will then start our activity involving estimation. I will get out a blanket (the iceberg) and have the class work together to lay it out. They will make a prediction about the number of people that will fit. Everyone will sit on the blanket and we will talk about the outcome. I will then help fold the blanket in half and we will repeat the process, until… the blanket can’t be folded anymore!

Wednesday afternoon: We will read “The Snowy Day” again before getting started on an art project. Ask your child what Peter used in the story to make tracks in the snow! Your child used the same thing to make tracks on paper his/her paper.

Friday morning: Finger painting a penguin will finish up our week about penguins. See if your child can tell you what kind of penguin he/she painted! Book: “Penguins”

Friday afternoon: After practicing number recognition and counting with snowballs, the blue-roomers will head to the kitchen for some hot cocoa and count out five marshmallows to make it extra yummy. Book: “The Thing About Yeti’s”

February 4-8

Monday: What does friendship mean and what special day is coming up? The blue roomers will start making card-holders for Valentine’s Day. Name-writing and cutting will be on our agenda for today. Books: “Clifford’s Valentine’s Day” and a favorite of our family… “A Sick Day for Amos McGee”

Wednesday: Each child will choose four numbers and red or pink paper to get started. Number recognition, writing numbers, and stamping the correct number of hearts will create a Valentine’s-themed activity. Books: “Anno’s Counting Book” and “Valentine Mice”

Friday: Your child will finish up his/her Valentine’s Day card-holder, by tearing and gluing different colors of paper. We will play some Valentine’s bingo if time allows!

Books: “Valentine Bears” and “A Year with Friends”

Stay warm,

Mrs. Rogers