Week of December 9-13, 2013
The first thing I would like to say is “Thank You” to all of my families! The preschool music program was a huge success J I hope you all enjoyed it as much as the kiddos did. They worked so hard on all of these songs and were excited to sing them for parents. Please be watching for details about a spring concert!
Our theme the past few weeks in preschool has been Animals Everywhere. We have completed many fun activities that incorporate both wild animals and domestic animals. The students have discussed the difference between the two and decided which animals we could have as a pet in our home versus those animals that need to live outside in the wild. I brought in some beanie baby animals and we played a game to decide which animals would go where. The next time you visit a pet store make sure you take your child through the reptile section, they were amazed that people actually have lizards and snakes as pets.
Some of the activities we did in math were sorting animals by category, counting animals after they were sorted and in stories that we read, comparing numbers of animals that were grouped.
The dramatic play area was set up as a pet store. The students were able to buy items such as collars, leashes, food (dog, cat, and fish) treats, pet bowls, pet toys, etc. They were also able to take turns being the clerk in the store. There were several beanie baby pets that were also available for sale in the pet store.
Some of the fine motor skills that we practiced this week were pressing play dough onto mats that had animal shapes on them. The students were suppose to take the play dough and put it in the middle of the shape on the mat and then press it to fill the shape but try to keep it inside the animal shape. Cutting pictures of animals out of a calendar and gluing them onto paper. We are working very hard on teaching students to hold their 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.
In our art center students were able to cut pictures out of a calendar and then draw some background additions to go with the picture they had cut out. Some of the students used the ideas from dramatic play and drew collars and leashes on their dogs or cats in their pictures. Later in the week, they were able to use stamps and ink to stamp different foot prints of animals.
I did not do a letter of the week this time because I wanted to review what we have covered up to this point. You can review the following letters with your child at home: L, T, H, I, F, E, and U. The first six letters have little lines and big lines so please use this wording when you discuss them at home. You can even ask your child to tell you whether the letter has little lines, big lines, or both. I have seen huge improvements with everyone writing their names and beginning to write the letters we are learning. The last letter we covered is beginning to discuss the word curves. I was very impressed with all of the students during our review this week.
There was an error in my last blog and newsletter. Preschool will not have school on Friday, December 20th. There is no school for morning or afternoon sessions, I apologize for any confusion.
Please see the website for guidelines regarding our recess policies, we do go outside unless the temperature is zero or below. 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.
December 18th: Christmas party for 3-yr olds (9 am – 11 am)
December 19th: Christmas party for 4-yr olds (9 am – 11 am for morning session and 1 pm – 3 pm for afternoon session)
December 20th – January 1st: No school, Christmas Break
January 2nd: - School resumes