PDO II Newsletter

Welcome back to school!  We’re off to a wonderful start in PDO II and the children are adjusting well to the school day routine.  It’s a delight to see them interacting with one another.  At this age they are developing important social skills that they will use throughout their lives.  They are learning to share, take turns and treat one another with respect.  We are working on listening and following directions too.  This is also a time for the children to take another step in independence as they work on becoming toilet-trained.  They take pride in simple tasks such as the ability to put on their own shoes, wash their hands or help to put toys away.  We’re there to cheer them on and offer them the encouragement they need to get to the next step.

Your children are extremely proud of the artwork they create at school.  While working on the daily craft your child is not only developing creativity, but they are also improving their fine motor skills, learning to follow directions and working on speech development as they have one-on-one time with the teacher to talk about what they are making.  We started off the school year painting Rainbow Fish and Olympic Rings.  This month we’ve painted Apples, made tissue paper Apples and made Alligators for letter “A” week.  For letter “B”, we decorated the letter with Buttons and Bows, and made Beehives with Thumbprint Bumblebees.  During “C” week we made shaving cream Clouds and colorful Caterpillars.

Circle time is another important part of your child’s day as they are learning to listen, follow directions and participate in songs and activities.   Sitting quietly during story time requires more effort when surrounded by a group of playmates, but we’re all getting better at it!

Following this up with Movement Time, allows everyone an opportunity to burn off their excess energy while having fun dancing and improving our gross motor skills.

We’re looking forward to the beautiful autumn season and all the fun that goes along with it.  We will be painting colorful leaves, turning pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, and reading some wonderful stories about the season.   Of course we will continue on with a letter a week too.

In September we celebrated birthdays for Harper Bryon, Jack Hirleman, Sydney Keifer and Weston Mak.   We will celebrate with Emma Rinearson in October.  Happy 3rd Birthday to each one of you!!

Congratulations to Almie Montgomery who is a big sister to baby Hank and to Benjamin Talbott who is a big brother to Cecelia!

Thanks for sharing your children with us this year.  We’re looking forward to a wonderful year with each of them!

Ms. Nancy F., Ms. Nancy D., Ms. Maureen, Ms. Kerri and Ms. Stephanie