“MY HABITAT IS A HOME”

Upcoming Dates and Announcements:

  • For our service based project to celebrate Dr. King’s message, we will be holding our famous button sale! The proceeds of this sale will go to The Sarah Heinz House located in Pittsburgh. They offer programs that focus on providing a safe and fun environment for their kids to explore and grow. These buttons are handcrafted by all of Early Childhood (Preschool, Junior Kindergarten, and Senior Kindergarten) and will be on sale from Monday, January 15-Friday, January 19th (or while supplies last)
    Helpful Heroes for (Sarah) Heinz House buttons will be 1 for $2 or 2 for $3. We will also be collecting art supplies to donate along with all of the proceeds from our button sale. These art supplies can include: markers, crayons, paint, air dry clay, white tee-shirts, art paper, construction paper, glue, etc.
  • Please send your child a cardboard shoe box or similar-sized box by Tuesday, January 16th—no need to buy anything. We will have extra to share!
  • Friday, January 26th, is an all-school 11:30 dismissal.  Aftercare is available.
  • Winter Break- No School February 9-12
  • Tuesday, February 13- 10:00 start
  • March 2nd-10th- Spring Break. Classes resume at 10:00 on Monday, March 11th.
  • Wednesdays are our library days.  Please return any books your child has finished reading on this day. Sign up here to be a Guest Reader!
  • Thursdays are Preschool’s walk your child to class day.  Feel free to park at the shelter and join us for our daily discovery time if your schedule allows! 
  • We have friends with allergies and are a nut-free classroom. 
  • When it snows: You may touch the snow if you have gloves on. You may walk in the snow if you have boots on. You may play in the snow if you have snow pants on.
  • Beforecare is available in the gym from 7:30- 8:20, and aftercare from 3:30-5:00.
  • Teacher Email: mshah@wcdsedu.com, awolle@wcdsedu.com, aschultz@wcdsedu.com 

Hello Preschool Families!

The Winter weather was finally upon us this week! Last week we discussed all the clothing necessities we need to keep us warm and safe in the snow and cold temperatures outside… this week we got to put those necessities to use! While we, as humans, know what is needed to keep us warm outside AND inside … the children got to thinking… just how do animals stay warm and just where do they go… where are their homes? Focusing on the letter H we learned that an animals home is known as their … “habitat!” announced Dax. Lucas then excitedly said “my habitat is a home!” The class read the story “The Home Builders” by Varsha Bajaj. A story of several woodland animals prepping for their growing families. The animals dig, gnaw, burrow, collect, build and nest to create their beautiful homes. We then first discussed what is needed in a human home. These were just a few of their thoughts:

Lola -“Lights”

Forrest – “Windows”

Dax – “A roof, to protect us”

Kipton -“Water”

Henry -“People”

Noah – “Food”

Lucas- “Electricity”

We next compared and contrasted what animals need in their habitats to keep them safe and protected and where different animal habitats are located:

Sophia – “Sticks”

Noah – “Trees”

Aubrey – “Caves for bears to stay warm”

Evelyn -“Nests”

Forrest -“Squirrels needs nuts”

Aubrey – “Turtles have legs that let them live in water and on land”

Noah – “Foxes need a door”

Mylah -“Giraffes live in zoos”

The children were then invited to various materials to explore different areas of animals. Some students built habitats with blocks, tree cookie and loose parts. Parker was excited to show us her impressive “beaver habitat” she constructed! Others were presented with playdough, animals, and pictures of several types of animal tracks that they examined and used clues to figure out which ones belonged to who, while the others did animal tracings and drew pictures of their habitats.

On Thursday we read “Panda Bear, Panda Bear What Do You See?” by Eric Carle . As always, we counted the number of words in the title and when Miss Meredith asked them if they knew what that little symbol was at the end of the title a few shouted “A question!” Bravo Preschool! In this story the kiddos were introduced to a Bald Eagle, a Spider Monkey, a Black Panther, a Macaroni Penguin, a Green Turtle, a Red Sea Lion, a Whooping Crane, and of course a Panda Bear! The kiddos were asked to close their eyes and quietly think of an animal that they would like to explore and learn more about. We then invited them to the tables to sketch out their animal they will explore and some of them even told us why they wanted to research them. These are a few of our friends animals of interest!

Noah – “A Red Fox because I like them”

Kipton- “Turtles, because I like how they can hide”

Sophia – “Pandas, because I love them”

Clara – “A Raccoon”

Leonardo- “A Frog”

Lenni – “A Dog”

Lucas – ” A Dog because I love dogs, I have one”

Aubrey – “Cats because I am very curious about them, you know I do have one”

Forrest- ” A Flamingo because they are my favorite animals”

Emma – “A Moose”

Scarlett- “A Giraffe, because they are so big”

Preston- “A Lion”

Dax – ” A Tiger, I like their stripes”

Lola – “A Bear because I saw one at the zoo”

Evelyn – ” A giraffe because I like their necks”

We are so excited to really dive into this exploration and see where our mini Zoologists brilliant and creative little brains lead us next!

Enjoy the snowy weekend and snuggle those little humans that live in your habitats… We hear hot chocolate may be a necessity there!

Miss Arden, Miss Meredith and Miss Airry