Isabella Child Development Center

A free preschool serving eligible 3 and 4 year olds

Morning Class   March Newsletter

Important Dates

Mar. 21: Family Fun Night

Mar. 25-28: NO SCHOOL---

               Spring Break



Change in Calendar

Due to the large number of school cancelations we will be extending our school year.  An exact date for the last day will be announced after we get through the rest of winter.


Kindergarten Information

Information about kindergarten registration was shared at home visits. Many schools are holding their registration meetings soon.  If you need another copy of the information let us know.


Family Fun Night

Our Family Fun Night will be Thursday March 21nd from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  More information soon!


Fun Things to Do

*Have your child teach you some of the yoga poses we do at school. Do them together as a family.

*Play a board game or card game with your child. 

*Help your child cook some easy foods like peanut butter and jelly sandwich, grilled cheese sandwich, or brownies or muffins from a mix.

*Put on some fun music and dance together. Have fun making up silly dances together!

 

Letter Learning

  Learning the names of alphabet letters is best done in the contest of what is meaningful to young children.

  Many children first learn the initial letter of their own name, which has a great deal of meaning and importance to them. For the child who loves jello, j may be an important letter while the child who knows that Daddy works at Meijer may begin to notice the letter M.

  Some children learn to read without knowing the names of letters or the sounds associated with them.  But research shows that for most children, associating names and sounds with the alphabet comes before conventional reading.

  However, this finding does not mean that letter names should be drilled into young children. There are far more effective and enjoyable ways for children to learn about letters. For instance, children enjoy labeling items that they choose. Sound out the name of the object together to determine which initial letter to use, then cut out big letters from magazines or newspapers and invite the child to tape them on items that she wants labeled.

  At home or out together, point out letters and words that are likely to be of interest to your child. Try simple activities such as reading logos of favorite foods and stores, identifying street signs, writing grocery lists together and playing with magnetic letters on the refrigerator door while singing the alphabet song.

  Remember, children learn through play!


Enrollment for Fall

We are accepting enrollment applications for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you have family or friends who might be interested please share information with them. Applications for the morning program are done online at www.michiganpreschoo.org. Applications for the afternoon program can be done online or through a paper application.  Let us know if we can help you with this. 


Outside Play & Warm Clothes

We continue to play outside daily.  Our playground also gets very muddy when spring rain comes so boots are a good idea for those days. Most children are able to dress themselves for outside.
Some are still learning to zip coats so continue practicing with your child.   Some are still learning to zip coats so continue practicing with your child.

Afternoon Class    March Newsletter

Important Dates

Mar. 21: Family Fun Night

Mar. 25-28: NO SCHOOL---

               Spring Break


Change in Calendar

Due to the large number of school cancelations we will be extending our school year.  An exact date for the last day will be announced after we get through the rest of winter.


Enrollment for Fall

We are accepting enrollment applications for the 2018-2019 school year.  Applications for the morning program are done online at www.michiganpreschoo.org. Applications for the afternoon program can be done online or through a paper application.  Let us know if we can help you with this.  If you have family or friends who might be interested, please share information with them.


Family Fun Night

Our Family Fun Night will be Thursday March 21nd from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  More information soon!


Fun Things to Do

*Play a board game or card game with your child. 

*Help your child cook some easy foods like peanut butter and jelly sandwich, grilled cheese sandwich, or brownies or muffins from a mix.

*Put on some fun music and dance together. Have fun making up silly dances together!


Letter Learning

  Learning the names of alphabet letters is best done in the contest of what is meaningful to young children.

  Many children first learn the initial letter of their own name, which has a great deal of meaning and importance to them. For the child who loves jello, j may be an important letter while the child who knows that Daddy works at Meijer may begin to notice the letter M.

  Some children learn to read without knowing the names of letters or the sounds associated with them.  But research shows that for most children, associating names and sounds with the alphabet comes before conventional reading.

  However, this finding does not mean that letter names should be drilled into young children. There are far more effective and enjoyable ways for children to learn about letters. For instance, children enjoy labeling items that they choose. Sound out the name of the object together to determine which initial letter to use, then cut out big letters from magazines or newspapers and invite the child to tape them on items that she wants labeled.

  At home or out together, point out letters and words that are likely to be of interest to your child. Try simple activities such as reading logos of favorite foods and stores, identifying street signs, writing grocery lists together and playing with magnetic letters on the refrigerator door while singing the alphabet song.

  Remember, children learn through play!


These materials were funded in whole or in part under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.