This week in Quartz Room you may have noticed there is a new face in the room, our grant MacEwan student Sarrah (sar-rah) has returned. Welcome back! She has already created so many exciting activities for us to explore, such as tissue paper art and spray bottle painting. We can’t wait to see what else she has planned, we are so happy to have you back Sarrah.
Also during this week, you probably have noticed the weather is finally starting to warm up, yay! But with nice weather comes the large puddles and lots of mud, so much fun but so dirty. We just wanted to remind parents to bring the appropriate clothing that goes along with this weather, such as splash pants and rubber boots. We would also like to let you know that we will be doing some spring cleaning in our cubbies next week, so we will be sending home all the children’s things to get washed today. Last but not least, a small change we have made to the room is our cubby and sign in pictures. We have updated these pictures, and you will see that on our sign in pictures instead of having their full name printed on the picture, we have just added the first letter of their name. We have done this to help promote early literacy and for the children to start recognizing their letters. As they move up into the older rooms, the letters progress. In sandstone it will be their picture and full name, and in Jasper it will be no picture and just their full name. “Children use the natural medium of language for thinking. Those who acquire a substantial vocabulary are often able to think more deeply, express themselves more clearly, and actually learn new things more quickly. This knowledge builds more knowledge, and more word power, so that by the time children get to school they will have two important skills that are critical to later reading success: knowledge about their world and the language to communicate with others.”
Have a great weekend!!