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05.26.17
May 26


How fast time flies!!! I can't believe school is almost over. I want to inform you that your child has experienced a miraculous year!!! The Creative Curriculum has enriched your child's education. It would be impossible for me to list every lesson we have covered and every event that your child has encountered this school year. I will inform you that we have learned about the world around us and how to develop positive relationships. It has been my everlasting joy to have your child in my room this year. These children are a blessing to me and bring me joy daily. I will miss them greatly , however they are ready to meet the next school year with a blast!! Our units cover mathematics , science, language , social - emotional development and the arts.
We have counted, sorted, graphed, touched on geometry and number recognition. Our science activities have allowed us to watch the mighty caterpillar turn to a beautiful butterfly!! We have covered life - cycles of seeds, and tadpoles!! Our language skills have been enriched by the countless books we have enjoyed during our tree , building and clothing unit.

We encountered several guests through the year with our units. The fire truck visit was full of excitement , our ambulance visit was breathtaking !! Our Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle unit brought in Mrs. Michelle Mudford. She helped us learn about recycling and taught us that pencils can be made with recycled money, and tires. I hope you continue to recycle. My goal this year has been to teach your child about the world around us and have fun at everything we encounter. Thank you for allowing me to teach your child this year. May God bless you all.

Have a wonderful summer!!!
Mrs. DIane

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05.01.17
April 28

I hope everyone had a great Easter!!! I know we did! We discussed the true meaning of Easter and discussed the love that Jesus has for us.
We did have a unexpected visitor hop in!! The children were amazed to find a big , white bunny in our class. Our visitor hid eggs for us to find and we celebrated with a egg hunt and party! A special thank you to all our parents for their help. I also want to thank Mrs. Wendy and Mrs. Tara for their help with our studies. Mrs. Tara showed our class what happens to all our trash and gave us important tips to keep our room clean. Mrs. Wendy let us observe her as she reduces the amount of paper in her office . Mrs. Wendy's paper shredder was a hit!!! We were amazed to watch the paper reduced to small pieces. Thank you ladies.


The clothing unit had us in stitches!!! We celebrated the end of our clothing study by wearing a outfit of our choice. I used this opportunity to have a style show. The children showed Mrs. Lisa, Mrs. Claire and Mrs. Tracy their beautiful clothing. Math is always on my mind as we discussed patterns in our clothing. The children also talked about special clothing from other countries. What a wonderful way to take a trip around the globe!!!
Our new study is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We will be collecting different types of items for the Texarkana Recycling Center. We need our parents to help us furnish our room with paper, old magazines and boxes. We are discussing items that we can reuse and save our planet.
Science is flourishing in this room as we discussed different life cycles. The caterpillars turned into beautiful butterflies. The painted ladies were a hit!
This was one of my favorite activities. Your child watched as the painted lady emerged into our world!! We used the butterfly tent to observe the amazing symmetry of one of God's creatures. Spring is all around us. We planted seeds and watched them sprout. The life cycle of these events helps your child understand the sequence of events. I use these sequence of events to help children understand that one event is related to another, and to build timelines.

We are hard at work on phonological awareness. I love to call a child's name and have the class guess a word that starts with that same letter. I know you have heard your child say C for Colin or A for Amelia. We are listening to our letter sounds. Have a great week, AND RECYCLE!!!
Mrs. Diane
Spring program -- May 11 , 10:30 in our classroom --














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04.06.17
April 7

Our community project was a hit!!!! A special thank you to everyone who sent books. St. James students pick a community service project every year and this year we helped the W. T. Daniel's Child Development Center . Mrs. Ross and Mrs. Moore from Delta Sigma Sorority stopped by and picked up the books we collected for the child development library. We learned about giving to others and helping other children in our community.
We are all wrapped up in this clothing study!!!! A special thank you to Drew's dad. Mr. Clark is the organist and choir master at St. James Church. He was able to attend our class and discuss his uniform.We discussed the material in Mr. Clarks uniform and the colors in the material. We enjoyed listening to the keyboard . Mr. Clark let each one of the children have a turn playing the keyboard. What a blast!!!
Talk about excitement !!!!!!!! The ambulance pulled up with two men in UNIFORMS!!! We discussed the uniforms, pockets, hats, and all the equipment inside. The highlight of this visit was jumping in the ambulance!!! A special thank you to Mrs. Clark for setting us this visit..... who knew the clothing unit could be so exciting???
Our fine motor skills helped us make a mural that everyone can enjoy.
Seeds are sprouting and caterpillars are getting bigger!!!! Spring is in full force !!!
Stay tuned for more fabulous information....

Dates to remember....
April 12, parent / teacher conferences
April 13- no school
May 11 - SPRING PROGRAM 10:30 -- IN CLASSROOM

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03.23.17
March 24

I hope everyone had a great spring break. The children were ready to get back into class!! We started off our clothing unit with a splash!! The sand and water table was filled with soap and water as we took turns washing clothes! This was a great exercise in sorting as we separated our clothing and washed it. We are learning about different types of fabric and clothing worn in different countries. I was thrilled to have clothing brought to us from Africa and Nigeria.
Our books from this unit are full of different types of clothing from other countries. I love to discuss other countries in our wonderful world!!
Math was flourishing as we tallied our shirts by color. The children love to take turns at the dry erase board. We used tally marks to determine if we had more children with red or blue shirts. The children have to observe , draw a line and count to determine which color we had more of. We also used our clothes as a grouping. Children can answer a question with words or by moving into a group. Moving into a group helps children see the answer. Moving into a group is just one way to organize information and answer questions. We also sharpened up our memory skills by using one of my favorite memory games. I love to use games as a learning tool, children have to take turns, and remember and recall information. The blocks were tumbling as we touched on bigger than, smaller than, and equal to. I used the small cubes to help the children have hands on tools for determining the size of their structure. It can be fun to measure and compare!!!! Spring is all around us and we will be watching as a metamorphosis will be taking place in our room soon!!! Have a great weekend and feel free to send any special clothing for this unit.

VOC. WORDS --- fret, moan,pout, patient
Spring program-- May 11 at 10:30 in our class
Parent- teacher conferences In April -- details will follow in a email.

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02.25.17
Feb .23

Our hearts were bursting with joy as we celebrated Valentine's Day. We were glad to have our valentine exchange and enjoy our snacks. A special thank you to our parents for making this day special. Our Grandparent's Day was a huge success. I was proud of each child and I was happy to have several visitors in the classroom. Our hard work continues as we worked on connecting numerals to quantities. We played a number game during circle time to help with counting and recognizing numbers. After a child learns that numbers represent quantities , they will learn to associate those quantities with written symbols. A child's social -emotional needs flourish as they learn to cooperate with other children during circle time. We also worked on sequencing. I used a nursery rhyme puzzle set to help the children learn about things that happen first , next and last. I love to use several hands on tools in the classroom!
We exercised our fine motor skills by using the easel . Painting is a wonderful way to be creative and use our muscles. We finished our building unit by creating towers and judging height. We toured different playgrounds and worked on our gross-motor skills.

I hope to see everyone at the St. James Gala .

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02.10.17
Feb. 10

This classroom is all about geometry!!!! The children have used a giant cuboid to create a library building in our classroom. I have used geometry a great deal with this building unit! The library was fun but also a learning tool!! I used the class library building to demonstrate the positional words in , out, above, and below. Knowledge about shapes and spatial position is critical for later math, reading maps and using descriptive language. I took the children on a tour of our campus. We observed the materials used to build our school. I also let the class watch as Mrs. Sarah's students checked out books from the St. James library.We discussed several occupations that occur in buildings. This beautiful campus is full of beautiful buildings. We toured classrooms and estimated the number of classrooms in our school. I used the playhouse on our playground as a learning tool. We observed what our house was made of and took turns exploring building materials. When children take turns during a creative activity they are practicing cooperation skills. I can't wait to see what occurs next week, we will be nailing up our building unit and moving on to our clothing unit.

HIGHLIGHTS THE PAST TWO WEEKS.

Math --- matching shapes, describing rectangles, recognizing shapes in a group , estimating , patterns ab and abc
Language arts-- words that rhyme , ending in at -- hat , rat, sat , bat
sound of letter s -- tongue twisters with s

Have a great week!! Valentine's party --Feb.14 at 2:15 Grandparent's Day Feb. 17

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01.26.17
jan 26

The past two weeks have been full of construction!!! The building unit has this class using hammers, levels and building houses. We started our unit with a massive snowfall!!! I love to keep our sensory table full of science experiments!!! I used our snow experiment to tie in a math lesson. The children measured, and counted. We measured again and counted cups of water as we let our powder meet with water. The room was filled with a blast of cold air as we watched our powder turn to snow instantly!!! We are so glad to have a new friend join our class. Maple Duke joined us and she was welcomed with open arms. She is a welcomed addition to our classroom. The children are showing her the classroom and helping her with construction projects. I loved the homework items!! The levels and bricks were a great way to help the children learn about building houses. The hammer was a big hit!! Homework can be fun. A special thank you to all our parents for responding. Lincoln logs and wooden blocks are tools of this classroom. We toured the outside of our building and counted the windows and doors. Shapes were everywhere. I used our wooden blocks to discuss narrow and wide. The children constructed ramps and we watched as we discovered if our cars and trucks would fit. Math and science are a large part of our day. Look carefully at the last picture. Someone will take this beautiful desk home. This item will be up for auction at the St. James Gala, make plans to attend. The children's fingerprints are making the bodies of birds on this beautiful desk. The next couple of weeks we will be moving right along with our building unit.

Have a great week !!!!
Mrs. Diane

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01.12.17
Jan. 13, 2017


We have rolled right into a new year! I was so glad that Santa could find time to stop by our room. A special thank you to everyone for helping us celebrate Christmas! I was so please to take our canned goods to the Randy Sams shelter. I know they appreciate any donation. This class loves to use the handwriting without tears chalkboard. I love to use the chalkboards to help with our fine motor skills. I am so proud of the children! They are working hard on letter sounds, and letter recognition. The ball unit has us all bouncing for joy!! We enjoyed making our own balls. This was a wonderful science experiment.
Mrs. Gunter helped the children create a ball of their own. She mixed powder with hot water and poured it in a mold . We watched the clock until the mold was ready to be opened. What a blast!! The ball pit was the highlight of the week!! The ball pit is fun , but also a learning tool. Each child estimated the number of balls in the pit. We sorted by color and discussed what these balls were made of. I was also able to take the children to the gym. Mrs. Denise helped us with our ball unit. We were able to throw balls over a net. The children were able to play a physical education game with Mrs. Florence's class. Each child was able to use their gross motor skills. The objective of the game is to keep your side of the gym free of balls. I also discuss our five senses with the class. I used shaving cream for the sense of touch and smell. It was great to see the children making shapes and letters in the shaving cream.
Everyone watch out their is a chance of snow in our class next week. I know we have enjoyed our ball unit, but we must move on to buildings. I can't wait to see what is going to happen in this class in the next few weeks!!! Thanks to all for the number seven homework , we counted our seven items and love it!!! I love to have learning reach beyond the classroom into the home.
Math highlights -- sorting, patterns with balls.
more or fewer,


Important dates -- Feb. 14th Valentine Party
Feb. 17th Grandparent's Day
Feb. 25th St. James Gala

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12.08.16
Dec. 9

We finished our tree unit with a buzz!!! A special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Little for bringing a bee hive box to our school. The children learned that some bees live in trees and they give us honey. We were able to taste honey at snack time. It is wonderful to have visitors come in our class. I was so proud of this class at our fall program. It is such a joy to watch the children as they preformed for their parents. The great feast was a blast!! We loved eating outside and enjoyed our wonderful lunch.
We are bouncing right along with our ball unit!! Our gross motor skills are getting a work out. I brought in several large balls for the children to use for sitting, rolling and bouncing. We have counted balls and sorted by color. We love to count each time a ball bounces. I also compare the size of balls. Our handwriting without tears is helping us identify our letters. I noticed that during our choice time students are making letters out of all types of items.
The cold weather is not stopping us from jumping , crawling and bouncing. I used a trampoline, and a tunnel for gross motor exercises. We are getting ready for a another special visitor. Santa Claus will be in our room soon!!
Christmas party --- Thurs. Dec. 15 8:15 -- Santa will be arriving at 8:30
Early dismissal at 11:00
Thank you,
Mrs. DIane

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11.08.16
Nov. 8


We are changing and growing!! The children took turns in circle showing their baby photos. I took pictures of the children last week and we compared the two photos. Trees change and grow and children change and grow. Everyone loved this activity. The highlight was looking at Mrs. Diane's baby picture!!
I was so pleased to have our special guest appear last week. Mrs. Clark was a joy to our class. I love bringing special visitors to class. She was a wonderful storyteller and the children loved interacting with her.
I carved a pumpkin and we counted seeds and learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin. Our Halloween party was a blast. The children loved visiting other classrooms and discussing their costumes. I used this activity to help with our social skills. A special thank you to all our parents for making this Halloween special. I love taking the children across campus and involving them with other classes. I used the trees on our playground to compare and measure the children's height. We looked for trees that were taller and shorted than our friends. What a blast!!
We are having fun and learning about trees. We are also working hard on our fall program. We will touch on the following subjects this week and next week.
Next week we will move on to a new unit!!!

Math -- patterns- ab and abc
art -- observational painting
language -- new vocabulary words and rhyming words
gross motor skills -- in class trampoline

FALL PROGRAM NOV. 15 AT 11:00













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10.19.16
Oct 20

We love this tree unit!! We have learned what animals live in trees. I also talked about different foods that come from trees.
In the picture below you will see the children moving to a music activity. I combined geometry with music. The children walked to the music, when the music stopped the children named their shape. I used fruit from trees to help the children with counting and sorting. Math is fun! We used story problems to help with simple addition and subtraction. We counted the children at the table. I had children leave and come back to the table.
We had a picnic and enjoyed the shade of a tree. The picnic was fun and I used this as a opportunity to discuss the parts of a tree. I love to talk about science when we are outdoors. The highlight of our week was learning about the inside of a tree. Our special visitors made our day!! Emme's mom and dad taught us about the rings inside of a tree. We learned how to count rings to determine the age of a tree. This was a great lesson in math and science.
A special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Little.
Have a great week!!!
Mrs. Diane

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10.06.16
Oct. 6


We learned about fire safety and loved it!! Our two most important topics were learning to call 911 and learning how to stop , drop and roll if our clothes ever catch on fire. Your child learned firemen are our friends and they are here to help us. We watched as the firemen put on their fire gear. Our next adventure led us to find a Gingerbread Man!!
This fun activity helped your child learn about different teachers and buildings on our campus. We learned how to follow directions and use our imagination. What a thrill as we finally caught up to him!! He tasted great!!
We have started our tree study. The children had a blast finding leaves and searching for different types of trees on campus. We put our hands together to find out how many children does it take to fit around our huge pine tree.
Our math lesson includes --- Which has more?
Our materials included ice trays and acorns. The children had to count and compare. We learned about more and fewer.
We can't wait for more wonderful adventures as we fall into our tree study. Science is a super topic as we discuss the parts of a tree.
Have a great week!!
Mrs. Diane

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09.22.16
Sept. 22

The past two weeks at St. James Day School have been wonderful! Your child has been introduced to school schedules and to people who work at our school. We learned about the order of events during our day. We had a blast as we looked at different clocks. Your child was not able to tell time, but your child learned about things that happen in the morning, noon , and night. We used our scissor skills to cut out pictures from different materials . The children cut and glued events that happen in the morn., noon and at night. I used the clocks to reinforce number recognition. The children were also able to listen to the sound of the clock. We counted as we listened to the tick, tick , tick of the clock.
Mrs. Tara was able to come to our room and tell the children about her job. She is in charge of keeping our school clean and we love Mrs. Tara!
I used the children's bodies to form letters. We focused on straight line letters first. The children love to form letter "E" and letter "L".
Every week your child is introduced to new vocabulary words and books that reinforce our units.
The Luvvie parade was a big hit! The parade gives your child a chance to show the school their favorite stuffed animal. This parade is a wonderful way for your child to practice being in front of a large group of people.
Next week will be full of new events!!!

School pictures --- TUES. THE 27 OF SEPT.

Fire truck visit --- WED. THE 28 OF SEPT. AT 9:30

Mrs. Diane

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09.08.16
Sept. 9


We are having a blast with the Beginning of School unit of study!
During this study we are using nursery rhymes to reinforce our units. We will discuss feelings, emotions, and learn important facts about school.
The children are making friends and enjoying school. In the picture below you will notice that we love instruments!
Music is a very important part of our curriculum. I love using Handwriting Without Tears for our math lessons. Our math lessons make learning fun!
The children below have formed a square with their bodies!
We are focusing on learning to recognize our names and the names of our friends. Our math lesson also includes early algebra and geometry.
Learning is a blast!!
Mrs. DIane

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