Friday, 28 October 2016 00:00

Week of October 18th

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Dear Parents/Guardians – Preschool has had a very busy last few weeks! First, I would like to say “Thank You” to all the parents who could join us on our field trips to Center Grove. We had beautiful weather all three days . I would also like to thank all of you for committing to your child’s education by attending conferences this first round, preschool had a fantastic turn out. Hopefully we can finally get back on track a little bit before the holidays hit us! We have been working on a new theme which focuses on family and community. The focus is for the kiddos to learn about the people in their family and how others have similarities and differences in their families. We are also looking at neighbors and neighborhoods to see that there are houses, parks, and schools in our neighborhoods. A couple of the stories we have read were Buzz by Janet Wong. This is a great story about a family and all the things a boy and his family do in a day from morning until evening. The book uses great words as it explains how the boy’s father shaves his face. Another story that we read was The Creaky Old Bed a Tale from Puerto Rico. This story was about a little boy whose favorite hiding place is under his grandparent’s bed. One day when he is hiding under the bed it begins to creak and he becomes scared because he doesn’t know what the noise is. The grandparents decide to buy the little boy different pets (dog, cat, mouse) to have as friends so he has someone to hide with and so he won’t be scared, but they are scared too. The grandfather lays down to take a nap one day and the bed begins to creak, all of a sudden the bed comes crashing down and all of them begin to laugh because they finally figured out what the noise was. The final book is called On Our Street. This book talked about two children who lose their dog in their neighborhood. They begin looking in the neighborhood and find that their dog had visited each house. It was a great way for the kiddos to make comparisons about the houses in the neighborhood, not only in the book but to their own house and neighborhood. Our self-help skills are going well! The kiddos are doing a great job of washing hands before snack and then coming to the table and getting all their needed items. We have them get their bowl/plate, napkin, cup for water/milk carton, and they have begun scooping their own snacks out of a bowl if needed. Some days are a little messier than others but that’s why we allow them to practice, so they get better. Snack time has proven to be a great time for them to choose when they would like to eat snack during centers and who to sit with. It’s fun to see them sitting with different friends each day and listening to the conversations that take place  In math we matched the number of gems to the number of air bubbles a fish had, they used pegs and matched to number of pegs to the number on a peg board, played a game called Buckets of Berries to match the number of berries on a coin to their bucket, geometric shape pictures, number/item matching puzzles, Halloween eraser sort, pumpkin wheels & matching numbers, and Halloween clip cards matching items & numbers (Objective met: Sorting, Identifies Shapes, Classification, Counting, Connects numerals with their quantities). Our dramatic play area was set up as a house, restaurant, and a fall store. The kiddos have enjoyed dressing up with the clothes and taking on different roles for each of these. The food was a huge hit for all the kiddos but we are still learning that we pretend to eat the foods and don’t put them in our mouth. The fall store has also been a big hit with them! I bought a new cash register that has a credit card, money, and real sounds. There were many items for them to purchase in the store and the cashier could wear an apron as they checked the items out for the customers (Objective met: Regulates own emotions/behaviors, Establishes/sustains positive relationships, Participates cooperatively in group situations, Uses language to express thoughts/needs, Uses appropriate conversational/other communication skills). Our science sections have consisted of investigating some different rocks to look at shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Our sensory table began with some water play and being able to move water into different containers using scoops. We most recently have a fall variety with beans, lentils, Halloween items, and confetti. The weather is very unpredictable right now so please make sure you are dressing them for the weather each day. We do go outside daily for at least 15-25 minutes depending on how long it takes us to get coats, etc. on and lined up. The mornings seem to be a little chilly and cooler but sometimes it warms up in the afternoon. You may want to consider sending a jacket each day just as a precaution. I also need to remind parents to please send a backpack and folder every day. The best place for notes from me and projects that your kiddo has worked so hard on at school is in a folder so it does not get lost or ruined on the way home. Many parents tell me that when they ask what their child did at school they hear, “I played”. I try to send writing sheets home twice a week so you are able to see their progress and growth. This will give you an idea of what we have been working on each week at school and help you understand what you can work on at home. Below is a list of important dates and upcoming events. Please be sure to watch for the days there is no school. If you ever have questions feel free to contact me here at school by phone (515-266-3433) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Important Dates:  October 26th: Halloween party (3-yr olds only)  October 31st: Halloween parties (4-yr olds)  November 9th: Picture retakes (Parish Center 8:30 am – 10 am)  November 23rd: No school (Thanksgiving holiday)  November 24th: No school (Thanksgiving holiday)  November 25th: No school (Thanksgiving holiday)
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