What is the story of groundhogs day, what does it mean? Why on every February 2nd, does Punxsutawney Phil (Punxsutawney Phil is the name of a groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. On February 2 each year, the town of Punxsutawney celebrates the legendary groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food) Come out to view his shadow?
Let's check it out.
(Adapted from "Groundhog Day: 1886 to 1992" by Bill Anderson)
Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.
If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.
If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.
The groundhog tradition stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day and the days of early Christians in Europe, and for centuries the custom was to have the clergy bless candles and distribute them to the people. Even then, it marked a milestone in the winter and the weather that day was important.
Read the book by Gail Gibbons an American writer and illustrator of children's books. She was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and studied graphic design at the University of Illinois.
January 23, 2017
News from the Kindergarten
Jan 23rd --- 100 Day Activity. All Day Activities and Special Treats. You don’t want to Miss it!!
Jan. 25th --- Kinder Prep 5:30-6:30 at VGPA
February 2nd --- Ground Hog Day --- Special Shadow Activities
Feb. 8th --- Kinder Prep –5:30-6:30 at VGPA
February 14th --- Valentine Activity February 19th --- Presidents’ Day --- No School
NOTE: We have special light up snowflakes that we will turn on whenever we have everyone present for class.
Also watch for Kinder Prep News.
We are registering for Kindergarten 2018-2019 School Year.
Vista Grove Predatory Academy would like to inform you that it is National Bath Safety Month. Please lets continue to keep the fun in the tub throughout the month of January, by following the 4 tips for national bath safety month.
1) Stay with the child at all times.
2) Prevent slips.
3) Test the temperature of the water.
4) Beware of sharp edges.
For further information please visit http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/parent-child/4-tips-national-bath-safety-month
Vista Grove Kinder Prep
January 2018 Newsletter
Welcome to Vista Grove’s Kinder Prep Program. We are excited to have you join us in some activities to help your child be ready to enjoy the Kindergarten Program next year. There are many ways that we can prepare our children for a year of fun and learning. This month we are continuing to emphasize some ways that you can count down to Kindergarten.
I hope that you enjoyed the counting cards that we sent out in December. Here is a little review of the things that we discussed in 2017:
Reading aloud to your child will provide a great model for their beginning literacy skills. Children mimic what they see and those children who are exposed to books early in life tend to enjoy books later in life. By listening to you read and watching how you treat a book, they begin their first exposure to the printed word. Some parents are taking college classes and feel that they don’t have the time to read to their children. This can be accomplished in a couple different ways. First, read your class material to your child. They will not understand all the words but they will still gain a sense of print awareness. Second, give your child a five minute bedtime story. The library has several “Five Minute” Bedtime Story books. Those five minutes will be well worth the time as it helps your child to settle down and get ready to sleep. There is no doubt that the calming effect of books may put us all to sleep. Remember you do not necessarily have to read to your child in English. You may read to them in whatever language you are comfortable with in your home. The effects are still the same. This month we will be passing out laminated writing cards for the children to practice writing their name. Please register in the office so that we can prepare these teaching tools ahead of time. We look forward to seeing you next month. Ms. Sofiane and Mrs. Mohler
What’s Coming Up
Take home packet to include books and writing activities.