Welcome to another brand new school year! Our Orientation Week held from Sept. 4 to 7 was terrific with both returning families and new families attending visits and an Orientation Night.
The teachers have many activities planned for the children, both indoors and outdoors...looks like we will have a beautiful fall!
New this year is a "Celebrations Books" put together by the teachers that provides information on various cultural and traditional celebrations. Parents may borrow the book to share with the family at home and are encouraged to add their own traditions to the book. This way we can all learn about how RPNS families celebrate!
* check your child's communication box daily
* call or email the nursery school should your child not be in attendance
* sunhats and sunscreen will be needed for this warm autumn we are having
* provide an extra set of clothes for your child
Feel free to sign out books from the parent library shelf located in the hall. Great books of parenting!
FAll CLEAN UP of our outdoor play ground is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9:00 to 11:00 am. See the sign up list on the Parent Bulletin Board.
Messages from our terrific teachers:
Pui-Wah and Dulce would like to welcome all
new and returning families. This month, the children will learn the French
version of some familiar tunes that they already know. They will also be
introduced to some basic French words through games, stories and
Et comment ça va
genoux, orteils, (3 x)
Bien merci (x 2)
ça va bien
L’araignée Tikki monte à la
Tiens voilà la
Tikki tombe par
Mais le soleil a séché la pluie
L’araignée Tikki remonte à la
S’il vous plait/please
September Note from Lisa and Janet
Welcome to new and returning families to RPNS! We look forward to a wonderful and exciting year for you and your children.
The toddlers will continue to start their morning inside and go outside (weather
permitting) for the last part of their morning. They will have the yard to themselves
as dictated by Ministry regulations.
The juniors will start outside (with the other groups) at 9am and come in
later for snack, circle and indoor play. We really like outdoor play so we may
stay outside for longer periods of time if the weather is really inviting.
The morning consists of free play, snack and circle. The most formal part of the day
is circle time. The children sit on individual mats in a circular pattern. We
print your child’s name, laminate it and put a magnet on the back. We will sing
a greeting song and your child will be encouraged to get up, find their name
(the names will be on the floor for them to find) and then put it on the
magnetic board. Each group will also work with a full calendar. They will use
the month, day of the week and number of the day. We will also discuss the
weather. For this we use magnets and each day, different children will have a
chance to put the symbols on the calendar.
Depending on our theme, we will introduce appropriate songs, stories and games that encourage the children to expand their understanding. This month we are helping your children to recognize themselves as part of a family (our photo album with their family pictures is a big hit) and now part of our school. They will also
learn the parts of their body through interactive games, songs and stories.
Musical instruments are another wonderful part of our circle time together. We
will explore the rhythms that words make and the concepts of fast and slow and
loud and soft as it relates to music.
We are firm believers that doing circle games that encourage hand holding help children to socialize and feel more comfortable in their new school environment. Young children are just beginning to learn about “friends” and we find that these hand holding games seem to “break the ice” for many children who are shy or cautious with their new experiences at school.
Circle time encourages many positive qualities such as listening, sharing, turn taking, waiting and participating. These attributes just naturally occur as your
children enjoy circle time.
For the month of September the Junior Preschoolers will have circle all together
until we can establish group compatibilities. At this time the larger group will
be separated into 2 groups for circle and snack time. One group will have snack
while the other has circle. We will let you know at that time who is in Lisa’s
group and who is in Janet’s group. The toddlers have circle and snack all
together. We find this works well for this age group.
One song that we will be learning as a group is the Hokey Pokey. This game helps the children learn about the parts of their body, encourages group participation,
and gets lots of “wiggles”out!
You put your left foot in; you put your left foot out,
You put your left foot in and you shake it all about,
You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about, SHOUT!
Continue with all the previous words using
You put your right foot in,
You put your head in
You put your whole body in