January Newsletter 2019

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a wonderful winter break!  The Rainbow Factory staff would like to thank children and families for the cards and gifts.  We appreciate them.   We are looking forward to the school year ahead, and all the learning adventures we will share with your children.

Please Note:  There will be no preschool classes on Monday, January 21, 2019.  The church is closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

Calendar and Upcoming Events

January 8:                Classes resume

January 10:             Just Barely Threes Open House, 6:00-6:30 pm

January 17:              Just Barely Threes Class Begins, 1:00 pm

January 21:              Martin Luther King Day Jr....NO CLASSES

January 25:              Volunteer Fun Friday!

January 28:        2019 fall registration opens for current Rainbow Factory Families

 

Snow Day Reminder:  If Omaha Public Schools are closed due to weather, the Rainbow Factory is also closed.

 

Upcoming Registration at Rainbow Factory

Current Rainbow Factory students and their families will be given priority registration for our fall 2019 classes. Registration will begin Monday, January 28th. If you would like to discuss class placement for next year, your child’s teacher and Mrs. Pressnall will be happy to assist you.  Expect registration paperwork to be sent home Tuesday, January 22nd.

 

Parent Corner

Important note to those families who have preschoolers going to an Omaha Public School for Kindergarten in the fall…most OPS elementary schools are holding Kindergarten Round-Up activities throughout the month of January.  For OPS Kindergarten Round-Up schedule, please go to www.ops.org for that information.  For other school districts involved in Kindergarten Round-Up, please go to your district’s website for more information.

 

Our Outdoor Policy

Our policy to go outdoors follows the National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation criteria which states:  children of all ages have daily opportunities for outdoor play (when weather, air quality, or environmental safety conditions do not pose a health risk).  At the Rainbow Factory we will go outside and play as the weather allows, so please dress children accordingly, with coats, hats, etc.

 

The Write Stuff

Long before a child learns to form letters with a pencil or marker, he/she has taken many steps toward learning to write.  Children must have many opportunities to use their hands to do various things before they can successfully print letters.

Molding with clay, using large and small Legos, picking up beads and playing with knobbed puzzles all prepare the fingers and hands for writing.  Scribbling with markers and crayons, controlling a pencil for use with a stencil, using chalk on the sidewalk, and painting with fingers and large brushes are a few of the ways children practice for later writing. 

At the Rainbow Factory, we stock our classrooms with plenty of paper, pencils, crayons, staplers, tape, and we make sure that these materials are available for children to use whenever they choose.  Children may want to ‘write’ notes to their friends or messages to their teachers or parents.  They use writing materials in their dramatic-play making signs for a store, tickets for a show, menus for a restaurant, and so on.

As children experiment, developmental stages of writing become evident.  Children move from random scribbling to controlled scribbles, to random alphabet letters, to consonants that represent words.  Only with lots of opportunities to practice can children move through these stages.

If your child does not have a proper pencil grip, cannot manipulate a crayon or simply shows no interest in writing, he/she is probably not ready to do so.  Take care not to push--your child will learn when he/she is ready.  Getting ready is just as important as mastering the skill.  This is an exciting time in the life of your preschooler. Enjoy the process! Every child will  move through these stages at their own speed.

 

 

A Very Big Thank You To…

 

Everyone who donated supplies and volunteered for our Elf Parties! The gift of your time and materials truly made our event special for every child! Our entire staff thanks you!