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Mrs Coyle's April Newsletter

I see a lot of growth with name recognition, name printing (for those that are ready), and number skills! I will continue to work one-on-one with each
student to help nurture their individual growth in these areas. I will be sending home some “dotted”name sheets for the students’ to trace.
We continued to focus on a “Number of the Day” and find creative ways to use that special number throughout our day, helping to strengthen our number recognition and counting skills. The children were happy to complete their number books and bring them home to you.

In March, we learned how to observe changes in the weather as the seasons change and how to make predictions. We learned the names of the
members in lion families and lamb families, and learned how to recognize and identify opposite pairs. We made a bulletin board to keep track of
our “lion days” and “lamb days” and enjoyed lion and lamb cut out snacks to go along with our crafts.

We reviewed our four seasons as we introduced SPRING and we went on a nature walk, as scientists, to observe “Signs of Spring”. The kids
keep reporting to me when they see a robin or a bird’s nest! Keep looking for the budding trees and first flowers with them. We will do another nature
walk with our “Signs of Spring” checklist to observe more changes as the weather warms. We introduced the letters Qq, Ee, Nn, and Zz and
continue to review those we have learned.Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day was a lot of fun. We talked about some of the legends of
leprechauns and how sneaky leprechauns can be when protecting their pot of gold. Unfortunately,the snow (and snow day) kept us from trying to
catch them on our intended party day – but the leprechauns still paid a visit to leave a pot of gold for each friend!

Our teddy bear picnic was adorable! We made our own stuffed teddys and brown bagged lunch for our picnic together on the carpet. We sorted our
teddys by size and talked about some differences just like some of the size differences we remembered when retelling the story of Goldilocks
and the Three Bears. We reviewed our positional terms when singing “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear” to top off our fun picnic.

Our field trip to Cappelli’s Pizza was great (and delicious)! The children looked like real chefs as they toured the kitchen and made their own pizzas
in their chef hats! We took everything we learned and made our own Pizza Party day at school!

Our second field trip to Rolly Pollies was all about having fun with friends and learning how to keep our hearts healthy with exercise!

Books we’ve read this month: The Lion and the Mouse (Bernadette Watts), Sheep in a Jeep (Nancy Shaw), There Was an Old Lady Who
Swallowed a Clover (Lucille Colandro), Are You My Mother (P.D. Eastman), Corduroy (Don Freeman), and The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza
(Philemon Sturges).

In April, we will practice counting with one-to-one correspondence, work on writing our first namesfor those that are ready (and willing), patterning,
and scissor skills.

Special Days Coming Up:

Green Lake field trip – Wednesday, April 26 from 10-11:30. If raining, I will send out an email at 8:30 that morning and we will have a regular school
day instead.

Upcoming field trip – Kelkenberg Farm on Thursday, May 18th (rain or shine). No class will be held on Wednesday, May 17th

.End of the Year Musical Review – Wednesday, May 24th in class. Parents/Grandparents welcome!

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