Monday, 11 November 2013 11:51

Week of November 4th

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Dear Parents/Guardians –

 

                                                    

                Our theme in preschool has been our 5 senses. The past few weeks we have focused on activities that allowed the students to use their sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell; both in the classroom and outside of the classroom.

 

During our field trip to Center Grove Orchard the students felt and heard the cold wind and rain while exploring the orchard those two days. The students were able to pet the goats and feel the cool, smooth corn as they jumped and dug in the corn pit. While walking through the store we could smell the warm apple cider and fresh baked apple donuts. Our tour ended with apple tasting and a comparison of sour apples versus sweet apples. Despite the cold, rainy weather we had a great turnout for the field trip. A BIG thank you to all of the parents who braved the weather those days and helped out!

 

In our classroom the students helped me scoop out a pumpkin, played with slime, painted with their feet, rolled out play dough, and explored different textures at a science table. I brought in acorns, leaves, and gourds for the students to observe with magnifying glasses as well. We made comparisons with these items by looking at the fine details such as veins on the leaves, lines and bumps on the gourds, and the sizes and shapes of the different items. Fall is a wonderful time for students to be able to see the colors and many changes that take place in preparation for winter.

 

We began a science investigation with our pumpkins last week. Some of the items we completed were drawing a picture of our pumpkin, measuring how tall our pumpkin was, counting the seeds and lines, predicting if the pumpkin would float or sink in water (the pumpkin sank but the lid by itself floated), and determining the size of our pumpkin (big, medium, or small).

 

Last week we worked on learning the letter “E” in our class. Some of the activities that you can do with your child at home with our weekly letters is to have them use their magic finger and have them write the letter in the air, use a chalk board or white board if you have one at home, putting a little bit of shaving cream on a counter or table and allowing him/her to write the letter, practice on paper writing the letter with crayon or pencil, and having them point to the letter when they see it in a book or on a sign, etc. We will begin working on the letter “T” the week of November 11th for those of you who want to work on the current letter while we work on it at school.

 

                We continue to work on our cutting skills at school through projects during center time. There has been so much improvement already!  I would encourage parents to allow students to practice small, slow snips at home at least once a week with supervision. If you would like some practice sheets, I would be more than happy to copy them and send them home with students. The scissors I showed everyone at conferences are available at Walmart.

 

Another reminder to dress your child appropriately for the weather, we do go outside most days in preschool unless weather prevents it. Please send hats, gloves, and a warm coat for your child. 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.

 

                Important Dates:

  • November 18th: No School
  • November 27th: No School
  • November 28th: No School
  • November 29th: No School
  • December 18th: Christmas party for 3-yr olds
  • December 19th: Christmas party for 4-yr olds

               

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