Welcome to PRESCHOOL Doobonim students and parents! We are off to an amazing start! These sweet one-year-olds have already settled into their new classroom and adjusted to Ms. Britnie and I nicely 🙂 They are all amazing and unique in their own way and we are already over-the-moon about them!
Our theme for the first two weeks has been all about “Back to School”. We have been learning one another’s names, finding out about each other and adjusting to our classroom routines. Doobonim has been singing “The Wheels on the Bus”….A lot 😉 This song not only goes along with our “back to school” theme, it incorporates a portion of our curriculum from Foundations for Success, “opposites”…as in “the windows on the bus go UP and DOWN” and “the doors on the bus go OPEN and SHUT”. The amazing part about our curriculum is the little’s don’t even know they are learning; it is just fun to them 🙂
For gross motor skill development we have been moving and grooving to songs (some of these guys are dancing machines!), making little trips to the playground to run and slide (it is still very hot and we do not stay out for too long) and enjoying P.E. with coach Jackie on Tuesdays!
We experimented with sensory activities (which also develop fine motor skills) like finger painting with shaving cream, squishing play doh, and getting our tiny hands painted with cold, wet paint to make a special handprint! We have also practiced holding a crayon, putting it to paper and using dotting markers.
We have lucky patcher enough to also celebrate not one, but TWO birthdays our first week of school! HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY to two, very sweet boys, Brody and Nathaniel!
Resources are another amazing part of our days at DuBow Preschool. We have Jewish Studies with Morah Rachel and Morah Miriam every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There, the little ones are introduced to Hebrew words of the week, morning prayers, blessings, and fun songs that teach them about Jewish holidays and Jewish “ways”.
We have Music class with Ms. Zina on Thursdays. The children love to hear her beautiful piano playing and listen to her fun songs. They really get into it!! Soon, they be dancing all over the room 😉
Ms. Amanda does science and gardening. It has been too hot and muddy to go out this week, so she brought the fun to us! Last week she brought in a baby lizard from the garden for your little’s to see and this week she brought in OObleck! They loved to watch it stretch and ooze…and roll into a ball!
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Please never hesitate to email us with any questions or concerns 🙂 We are looking forward to a fun and enlightening year with these amazing little people!
Best and warmest wishes,
Ms. Billie & Ms. Britnie
Wednesday August 31: PTA Meeting- Neil F. Portnoy Youth Lounge -8:30 a.m.
Monday September 5: School Closed/No Kids Club – Labor Day
Thursday September 8: Back to School Night – Parents Only 7pm
Gan Shabbat-11:15am every Saturday
Gan Shabbat is a fun, family-friendly children’s Shabbat service held right here in the preschool! It takes place in the indoor playroom every Saturday morning at 11:15am and it is geared towards all of our preschool-aged children, infant through VPK. Every week it is lead by an amazing volunteer varying from preschool teachers, member of the synagogue clergy, a parent or another beloved member of our congregation. Parents are able to hang out with their children while we sing fun Shabbat songs, say prayers, march with torahs, read Shabbat stories and finish the morning of with Kiddush, where we bless the grape juice and challah…and then eat it! Come and join us, meet new people and start a Shabbat service tradition for your little one!
Parents are welcome to lead this service! We have training packets and will have a Gan Shabbat leader training session later in the fall. Please contact Billie McNett if you are interested.