Mrs. Barnes’ Class
Week of November 10-14, 2014
Our theme the past few weeks in preschool has been Family, Neighbors, and Community. We have completed many fun activities that incorporate all of these things and show us how they all tie together. One thing that I tried to stress to them is that all of the community helpers could be a man or a woman. It was fun to hear their answers when I asked them questions about whether a teacher could be a man, or if a trash collector could be a woman J
Some of the activities we did in math were using geometric shapes to create vehicles used by community helpers, sorting bears by colors, making patterns with different colored and shaped beads, simple addition, counting the days of the month and how many days we have been in school, discussing what number comes after (next) and what number comes before, measure items with a measuring tape. (Objective met: Sorting, Patterns, Counting, Connects numerals with their quantities, compares and measures, classification)
The dramatic play area was set up with several different dress-up clothes. The week we discussed family they were able to dress in suites, dresses, and other clothing that family members would wear. They cleaned, cooked, and took care of babies. The community helper outfits have been very popular as they are dressing as nurses, doctors, pilots, police officers, and fire fighters. (Objective met: Manages feelings, responds to emotional cues, interacts with peers, makes friends, solves social problems, balances needs/rights of self and others, engages in conversation, sociodramatic play)
We continue to practice fine motor skills by holding our writing utensil correctly (pen, pencil, crayons, markers, etc.). Please help your child at home learn to pinch it toward the bottom, not palming it or grabbing it incorrectly. We do graphic practice daily in our classroom and I can see positive improvement from this, please ask your child about it daily. See if they can show you what we practiced that day. They also had the opportunity to use tongs so they could practice moving small beads from a large bowl into smaller bowls. There was an opportunity to transfer water from scoops into funnels at the water table as well. (Objective met: Uses fingers and hands, uses drawing and writing tools)
In our art center students were able to draw pictures and write words to go with them at the easel. This has been a very popular activity since we are beginning to learn some sight words, so I have kept the easel open most days. I love seeing them learn to write and understand the concept that letters make up words. Encourage them at home to draw a picture for you and then write about that picture. You will notice they draw lines underneath the picture to represent their words first, and then they will fill in the words. Ask them to count those words (or lines) and tell you how many words are in their sentence. On Thursday I had the kiddos make an xray of their wrist and hand using chalk and Q-tips. They had to dry before I could send them home but they will be coming home Monday. (Objective met: Uses drawing and writing tools, identifies and names letters, uses print concepts, uses emergent reading skills, demonstrates emergent writing skills, writes to convey meaning)
We worked on the letter Ll and will begin learning the letter Ff this next week. The students work on writing these letters during small group and at the writing center. We discuss the strokes (L – big line down, little line across at the bottom) as well as the sound. Please review these at home with your child as much as possible so they get extra practice.
Please see the website for guidelines regarding our recess policies, we do go outside unless the temperature is zero or below. I have been using the gym on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday as the big kids do not have PE those days. On Thursday and Friday we will go outside or play inside the classroom when weather does not permit outdoor play. When we go outside with snow the students must have snow pants, boots, and gloves in order to play in the snow. If they are missing any of these items they will not be able to run around in the snow, they will have to stay on the bench or where there is no snow. We are working on helping the students learn to zip by themselves. Please encourage this at home as well. I know that sometimes it seems easier to just do it yourself but in the long run it will save you time and help your child learn self-help skills if you encourage them to practice zipping on their own. I always have them try to zip by themselves first, then if they can’t I will start the zipper for them and encourage them to finish zipping it up the rest of the way. Be sure to write your child’s name inside coats and sweatshirts as another student in the class may have the same one.
Again, please check your child’s backpack and folder daily. I continue to see some students with notes and items in their folders from last week or later. I am also having some students come to class without a folder or backpack. Please send both of these everyday as we have notes and other papers that need to be sent home daily and it makes it much easier for the students to have something to put them in. Thank you in advance.
November 27th: No School (Thanksgiving break)
November 28th: No School (Thanksgiving break)
December 1st: No school (Professional Dev. for teachers)
December 14th: Book fair (More details to follow)