Mrs. Neubauer

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Graduated from Western Maryland/Mercyhurst College
Years at Calvary: 1 year as an assistant
Email address: amyneubauer811@gmail.com
Classroom Assistant: Erin Watkins

 

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October 2019 Newsletter

Mrs. Neubauer’s & Mrs. Watkins’ MWF 3’s

 

September flew by and October is here.  The children have settled into the flow of the school day and are having lots of fun in class.  October will be a very busy month. Our themes this month are My Community, Community Helpers, and Fire Safety.  We will be talking about what a community is and who the people are that live within it. We will also be talking about Community Helpers, people that live in our community and help others.  We will discuss what each helper does and what tools they use.  Some books that you might enjoy reading with your child include:

  1. Clifford the Firehouse Dog by Norman Bridwell
  2. Fire Engine Man by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha
  3. Five Little Firefighters by Thomas Graham
  4. Whose Hat is This and Whose Tools Are These by Sharon Katz

 

In Science, this month, we will focus on how two primary colors can mix to create a new secondary color.  We have some fun art activities planned to go along with the books, Dogs Colorful Day by Emma Dodd, and A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni.  We will also talk about the life cycle of a pumpkin and use our senses to explore the parts of a pumpkin at our science center.

Our Math focus this month will be sorting and counting. We will discuss sorting by size, shape and/or color.  We will also begin identifying numbers 1-5 and using counters to count out sets that match each number.  Measuring pumpkins and other objects in the classroom is another way we will work on counting.

 

In Language Arts, we will explore the sight and sound of the new letters Dd, Ee, Hh. We will encourage students to be “letter hunters” in their community. We will also continue to help the children identify the letters in their first names.

 

Spanish, Media, and Music will be added to our schedule on Wednesdays this month.  In Spanish we will learn greetings, simple phrases, and the word “grande” (big).  In the Media Center we will read Halloween stories and rhymes, and finally in Music we will be introduced to rhythm, rhyme and movement using rhythm sticks and scarves.

 

October also brings many special events.  We will go on our first field trip to the pumpkin patch at Summers Farm on Monday, October 21st.  There will be a written field trip permission form that needs to be signed by a parent or guardian for each student.  Please look for sign-up sheets in the hallway.  Calvary students will not pay for the pumpkin patch, but all other children over 2 and adults will need to purchase admission at the farm on the day of our visit ($7.00). Please note: a responsible adult must provide transportation to and remain with each student during the pumpkin patch visit.  I will meet you there at 9:15am and enjoy circulating around the farm with all the students and with my daughter.

The Claire’s Gourmet fundraiser begins October 1st and runs until October 24th.  The money raised will go towards updating classroom materials.  Also, Box Tops for Education will be collected throughout the year. We have a blue collection bucket in our classroom.  Thank you so much for any fundraising support you are able to provide.

Volunteer Orientation and Parent Coffee will be held on Monday, October 7th at 9:15am and 12:45pm.  Please sign the form in the hallway to give us an idea of how many people to expect.  When you want to volunteer, please let the classroom teachers know and sign your name on the snack calendar posted in the hall. Please know you are always welcome to visit our classroom!

 

Other Important Dates:

 

Friday, October 11th – Fall Nature Walk in Baker Park

Monday, October 14th– Fire Department Visits Calvary

Monday, October 21st– Field Trip to Summers Farm

Wednesday, October 30th– Classroom Halloween Celebration (please, no costumes)

Monday, November 4th– No School, Teacher In-Service

 

 

We are heading into cough and sniffles season. Thank you so much for getting into the routine of washing hands before coming into the classroom each morning. It really does lessen the chances of spreading germs. Similarly washing hands as soon as you get home is a good routine. If your child is sick, please keep them at home so they can recover comfortably, quicker and return to school. It is also helpful if you can call the school office, (301) 662-6783, if your child will not be coming to school. Here is a link that offers some additional guidelines for when to stay home:

http://apps.marylandfamilynetwork.org/mdcfc/pdfs/attendance.pdf

 

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  I check my email daily.  My email address is amyneubauer811@gmail.com

 

Happy October!

Amy Neubauer & Erin Watkins

 

 

 

Home/School Connection:

 

One of the most important things you can do to make your young child feel safe is to establish routines. An article entitled Routines: Why they matter and How to Get Started by Education.com and updated on August 6, 2013 provides an overview of this concept. Children (and adults) feel most secure when their lives are predictable. Children do not fully understand the concepts of time, so they order their lives by events that happen. When events happen in the same order every day, children better understand their world and feel more secure.  When your child knows what to expect, they become more confident in themselves and the world around them. Routines are especially important during difficult times of the day, such as bedtime or getting dressed in the morning. Here are some ideas for starting routines in your home:

 

  1. Plan at least one meal per day that you have together as a family. The meal does not have to be dinner. Even 15 minutes at breakfast allows everyone to share their plans for the day. Turn off the T.V. and phones during your family time. This is a great time to start a routine that allows children to take responsibility like carrying the silverware to the table.
  2. Have a bedtime ritual, which will help children slowly calm down. Think about what calms your child. It might be reading a story or listening to music. One great item to include at bedtime is to tell about your day. Let your child tell about what he/she did that day and prompt him/her if they forget. This part of the routine not only helps with memory, time orientation, and language skills but it also shows that you care about what they did that day.
  3. Include preparation for transitions in the routine. For example, “We have 10 minutes left before we start getting ready for bed. When the big hand gets on the 12, it is time to put on your pajamas.”
  4. Work together to make pictures of each step of your daily routine. Put the pictures in order on a colorful piece of paper and hang it up. You are not only helping build creativity in your child, but it also helps promote self-sufficiency as your child will be able to look at the pictures to identify what step comes next.
  5. Although routine is very important for young children, do not be too rigid. Children need to learn how to be flexible and deal with minor changes. If there is an interruption to the routine, tell your child “I know we usually do X, but today we are going to do Y because of (reason). Tomorrow we will go back to our usual routine.”

 

The earlier that you begin to order your child’s life, the easier it will be. It is never too late to start a routine. At first your child will try to get you to break the routine, but do not give in to old habits. Young children need consistency and limits. When you stick to a routine, you teach your child how to arrange his/her time in a manner that is efficient, productive, and cuts down on stress. This sense of order is not only important for making your young child feel secure at this moment, but it will also allow your child to internalize a sense of how to organize his/her own life as he/she grows up.

 

This article can be found at:

 

https://www.education.com/magazine/article/importance-routines-preschool-children/