Ms. Bethanie's Classroom

January 21, 2013

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 6:42 pm

Hello Parents:

We are in the thick of our Eric Carle Author/Illustrator study!  In addition to our study of the Eric Carle, we have begun transitioning into more focused activities for the children whom are moving onto Kindergarten next year and/or those who are developmentally ready to be challenged a bit more.  Parents please notice the prompts in your child’s journal (2-3 times per week) and encourage them to answer the question and then move onto an open journal entry.  We will also be transitioning the children in a guided journal page, you will notice the change over the next couple of weeks.  We will be introducing the new guided journal pages to the children in small groups, thus we will phase-in the new journal pages a little at a time.   Please assist your child in finding the journal question (which will be marked with a paper clip) in their journals and read the question together with your child.

We have also begun reading chapter books during whole group time. We have read book one in The Magic Tree House series Dinosuars Before Dark and the children were very excited to see what  adventures Jack and Annie would face in each chapter.  We will begin the 2nd book in the series this week.  If you have any chapter books that have been a favorite in your household, please share them with us.  We are always looking for quality age-appropriate chapter books for our class!

We want to thank the families who have donated items to the classroom!  We really appreciate the extra supplies!

Catalyst magazine visited the preschool classrooms at Ray and took several photos of the children engaged in a variety of math and literacy activities.  In a few weeks, photos from Ray preschool will be highlighted on the magazine’s website.  I will post the link when the photos are posted on their site!

Please remember to dress your child warm- we will go outdoors during the winter months.  Layers are fine- we will take time to practice putting on and securing the outer layers each day that we go outdoors.

Have a great week,

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Martinez

January 7, 2013

January 7, 2012

Filed under: 2014-2015 — Bethanie Smith @ 1:07 pm

Hello Families,

 Happy New Year:  Welcome Back! We are so excited to start 2013 off right! We hope everyone had a wonderful and restful break.  We are ready to get back to learning, we hope you are too!

Winter clothing:  Please make sure that your child has weather appropriate extra clothing.

 Lunch forms:  We have handed many families lunch forms please return those as soon as possible as our funding for next year will depend on it.

As you know we are a very creative group and often need extra cleaning supplies for our daily activities.  We have a short “wish list” for (the second group) parents who would like to donate the following (due to limited storage space we ask that the supplies be brought in a staggered fashion, on an as needs basis). 

 Families whose last name begins with F- M to please bring the following:

             *  1 box of facial tissue

            *  2 roll of paper towels (Select-A-Size is preferred)

            *   1 gallon of bleach

            *  1 package of sponges

           *  1 container of Hand wipes (Wet ones, baby wipes)

           *  2 bottles of hand soap

            * 1 Ream of typing paper

 Thank You!

***If you brought in supplies earlier, please do not feel obligated to donate again.


We are also finally ready for the snack schedule to resume!  Please remember that 1 regular size box and a half of piece of fruit will be PLENTY for a small snack.  Thank You!

 We are continuing our Author/Illustrator study of Eric Carle- we will be producing some pretty cool products, please keep an eye out for the children’s creations!



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