Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week


We are having an added in house class trip at our school !
For fire prevention week the fire department will be coming on Wednesday October 22nd at 10am and Friday at 11am . They will be teaching the children fire safety tips as well as giving the children a tour of the fire truck . Each child will get a fire hat and there is no charge for this trip.

Prek-4

Experimenting with Magnification


This week’s letter is G. We’ll practice the G sounds, identify G words, make geese and practice strumming a guitar. 

We’ll use sponges to make orange and black spider patterns and we’ll put together our own spider books.

Science activities will include lessons on magnification ( using a hand magnifier and jumbo specimen viewer ) and hands-on exploring and experimenting with chalk.

Prek-3

Theme – Harvest and Fall/Autumn

This week each child will be encouraged to join in and participate during singing, story time and circle time. They will also be encouraged to play with each other in a kind and respectful manner.

English – Letter “G” and its sound, naming as many “G” words as we can.

We are learning song- ” Goosey, Goosey Gander”

  

Math –  We will be continuing to practice counting 1-10 and putting the numbers in order. Writing numbers 1 to 5. pointing to each object as we count- idea of one to one correspondence

We will be trying to recall the name of the day of the week.

Story -” The three Billy Goats Gruff” by Paul Galdone  

Circle Time Activities – ” G” words, color recognition, shape recognition ( especially triangle, square and rectangle) – number maths and days of the week. We will read at least one story each day.

  • Discussing signs of the season.
  • Make a garden
  • “G” collage

Health – What is exercise and how do we stay healthy?

Prek-2

The pre-k two’s class had a fun week of learning and crafts. Next week we will continue learning what the letter D says. We will introduce the letter E as well. We will continue learning how to share, listening to our teachers and most importantly having fun!

Exploding Colorful Milk Experiment

Prek-4 Class

 

We’ll review letters A-E ( completing our earth and elephant projects ). We’ll practice writing A-F, lower case and upper case. We’ll make flags and fish and talk about fire safety and firemen and women.

We’ll make our own rice table and search for letters A-F and numbers 1-10. Scooping and measuring rice with measuring cups and spoons is a terrific sensory experience and a great lesson on measuring!

We’ll count and sort spiders (using a web) and we’ll match Jack -o- lantern faces, challenging our visual discrimination abilities.

Ask your child about our “exploding milk” science experiment ( colorful mixing of milk, food coloring and dish detergent!!!).

At circle time we continue to work on name recognition, letter and number identification and respecting and being caring and polite to our families and friends and classmates and teachers!

Prek-3 Class

Theme – Harvest

This week each child will be encouraged to join in and participate during singing, story time and circle time. They will also be encouraged to play with each other in a kind and respectful manner.

English – Letter “F” and its sound, naming as many “F” words as we can.

We are learning song- ” 1 2 3 4 5 once I caught a FISH alive” and “Old MacDonald had a FARM”

Math –  We will b continuing to practice counting 1-10 and putting the numbers in order. Writing numbers 1 to 5.

Counting FINGERS

We will be trying to recall the name of the day of the week.

Story – ” The rainbow FISH” by Marcus Pfister

Circle Time Activities – ” F” words, color recognition, shape recognition – number maths and days of the week. We will read at least one story each day.

Discussing signs of the season.

Decorate a fish “F” collage

Health – What is exercise and how do we stay healthy?

Prek-2 Class

Next week we will be focusing on the letter D for dog and donut. We are going to have fun with fall art as well. We will continue singing our fall songs that I introduced to your children this week. Please ask them about the 5 little pumpkins. We will continue to practice sitting during circle time, learning the days of the weeks, months of the year, shapes and colors.

 

Apples and Pumpkins

Pumpkin-Apples

Prek- 4 Class

We’ll use apples and pumpkins for sorting and counting activities this week as we prepare for our visit on 10/9/2014 to Sun High Orchards. We’ll talk and read stories about farm life and fall harvest. As a group, we’ll make applesauce and then enjoy it at snack!

We’ll use colorful craft sticks for a fine motor development and color matching activity.

E is this week’s letter. We’ll practice letter writing and make elephants and Es.

We’ll use candy corn for sorting, graphing and counting and then use our hand prints ( white, yellow and orange colors) to make ” handy corn.”

Prek-3 Class

Theme – Identify signs of the seasons

This week we will  continue to develop our  listening skills and our ability to sit still when appropriate. We will focus on participation during circle time- joining in and responding appropriately.

We will  practice sharing and taking turns through various games and activities.

We are trying to develop our concentration span through slightly longer activities.

English – Letter “E” and its sound, naming as many “E” words as we can.

We are learning songs “Humpty Dumpty” and ” 5 Little Monkeys”

Math –  We will be counting 1-10 and putting the numbers in order. Writing numbers 1 to 5.

We will be continuing to learn the days of the week.

Story -“Elmer” by David McKee

Circle Time Activities 

  • ” E” words, color recognition, shape recognition – number maths and days of the week. We will read at least one story each day.
  • Make a patchwork elephant with tissue paper and glue.
  • Decorate paper eggs with paint pens.
  • Decorate hard- boiled eggs to look like “Humpty Dumpty”
  • Making cracked egg with hatching chick.
  • Collecting leaves and doing leaf rubbings and prints.

Health – What is exercise and how do we stay healthy?

Prek-2 Class

Our room is decorated so nicely with fall colors. The Pre-K 2’s class enjoyed creating some fall masterpieces this past week. The projects will go home soon. I just love looking at them when I come in and your children are very proud to have their artwork displayed in the school. Next week will continue fall projects and review letters A-C. We will continue to go over and learn the days of the week, colors, months of the year and shapes. We will also learn 2 fun Autumn songs.

We have been working on strengthening our fine motor skills by tearing paper and working on our hand-eye coordination by cutting paper with scissors.  All of this is a work in progress and we will continue to work on strengthening our fine motor skills all year.

One of our favorite fine motor activities is getting messy with shaving cream.  Your children love when I spray the shaving cream in a sensory pan, they enjoy putting their little fingers in the shaving cream and writing the letters and creating silly shapes.  Please ask them about the shaving cream!!

D for Dandelions

D for Dandelions

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PreK 4 and Wraparound Class

This week’s letter is D and we’ll make  dinosaurs, dominoes  and dandelions!

We’ll have sequencing ( story ordering ) and sequencing ( math and language ) activities.

We’ll explore gourds and pumpkins and use both for classifying and sorting and counting.

Science activities will include hands-on lessons on sink or float and push and pull.

At circle time we are talking about the weather and change of season, reviewing letters and numbers, learning to recognize and spell our names and listening to stories!

PreK 3 Class

Theme – All About Me

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This week we will  continue to develop our  listening skills and our ability to sit still when appropriate. We will  continue to practice taking turns through various games and activities.

English
We are working on letter “D” and its sound, naming as many “D” words as we can. We are learn songs “Old MacDonald had a farm” and ” 5 Little Monkeys”

Math
We will be sorting by length and height. We will be counting 1-10. We will be continuing to learn the days of the week.

Story
“Elmer” by David McKee  Dinosaur dreams by Allan Ahlberg

Circle Time Activities
“D” words, color match, shape match, number maths and days of the week. We will read at least one story each day.

Self Portraits

Give  children small hand mirrors and encourage them to examine their reflections, noting such things as hair colors and styles, eyebrow and eye colors, skin color and nose and mouth shapes.
Set out paper plates, crayons, various colored construction paper scraps and yarn pieces and glue. Then let the children use the materials to create self-portraits

Shoe Matching
Have each  child take off one shoe. Place the shoes in the middle of the room.

5 things about me

Have the child place one hand on a sheet of construction paper and trace around it. Then ask the child to think of five special things about his or herself. Example: The child could say, “I have blue eyes”, “I can stand on one foot”, etc. Write each thing the child says on one of the fingers on the hand print.

Later, let each child hold up their hand prints, while  they tell what is written on each finger.

Ask each parent to bring in pictures as them as a baby, toddler etc. Let each child share with the class.

Health
Encouraging washing of hands when using the bathroom.

PreK 2 Class

We had another successful week in the Pre-K 2’s class. We learned about the letter B and the sound it makes. Please make sure to ask your children what sound it makes. Next week we will continue to work on sharing, sitting during circle time, the days of the week and the months of the year. I will also introduce the letter C and start some cool fall projects.

C for Colors, Caterpillar and Circle

C for Colors, Caterpillar and Circle

Pre-k4 Class

We’ll review A and B and introduce the letter C. We’ll  experiment with colors ( primary and secondary ) and begin to recognize and learn color words.

We’ll practice writing Cs and numbers 1,2 and 3.

Using colorful pompoms, we’ll work on counting (1- 15 ) and sorting and patterning. We’ll make name “constellations” with bright gold and silver stars.

For science, we’ll make our own weather booklets and work together to prepare, observe and describe liquids that don’t mix!

Kindergarten/wraparound

Students will join the PreK 4s in all activities planned and also have these lessons as well:

We’ll make a  healthy snack with bananas and granola using measuring and counting skills.

We’ll make ” word family ” caterpillars (- at and -op).

We’ll have a lesson on beginning sounds (B, C and D), matching the sounds to items in our room.

Using connecting blocks we’ll learn about syllables and then do a syllable search (1-, 2- and 3 – letter words).

Pre-k3 Class

Theme – Lets be friends/lets share

This week we will  focus on learning to say” please” and”thank you”, listen and sit still during story time.

We will  continue to practice taking turns through various games and activities.

Each child will draw a picture of their friend.

English – We are working on letter “C” and its sound, naming as many “C” words as we can.

We are continuing to learn nursery rhymes- “Three Blind Mice”, “Humpty Dumpty” and “Hickory Dickory Dock”

 

Math –  We will be sorting by size. We will be counting 1-10.

We will be continuing to learn the days of the week.

Story –

“No more monkeys jumping on the bed”   Eileen Christelow
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Eric Carle
Circle Time Activities – “C” words, color match, shape match, number maths and days of the week. We will read at least one story each day.

We will make a caterpillar from circles and a paper plate cat to link with “C”.

Health – Encouraging washing of hands when using the bathroom.

Pre-k2 Class

Next week we will be learning about the letter B. Projects for the week will include a color review and some letter B projects. We will continue learning many new songs, the months of the year and days of the week.

Summer Vs. Fall Activities

Theme – Summer Vs. Fall Activities



Pre-k2 Class

This week we finished reading The Kissing Hand and had fun talking about summer activities vs. fall activities. The children loved the scavenger hunt on the playground. We even had a little picnic.

Your sweet children have been sitting the majority of the time during circle time and learning the morning circle routine. During morning circle time we cover, days of the weeks, months of the year, shapes and colors. I would like to work on name recognition next week and we will learn all about the letter A. 



Pre-k3 Class

Theme – Summer vs Fall activities

This week we will continue focus on learning to share, say” please” and”thank you”, listen during story time and sit still when appropriate.

We will also practice taking turns through various games and activities.

We will be comparing differences between Summer and Fall through books and photos and outside observations.

English – We are working on letter “B” and its sound, naming as many “B” words as we can.

We are learning nursery rhymes- “Three Blind Mice”, “Humpty Dumpty” and “Hickory Dickory Dock”

Math – We will continue sorting by shape then by colour. We will be counting 1-10. We will be learning the days of the week.

Story – “Hairy Bear” by Joy Cowley

Circle Time Activities – ” B” words, color match, shape match, number maths and days of the week. We will read at least one story each day.

 We will collect B objects to to put into a box.

 

Pre-k4 Class / Wraparound

We’re getting acquainted and reacquainted with our friends and getting back into the rhythm of school!

We are working on letters A and B and numbers 1-15. We are reviewing shapes and colors as well. Using name cards , the children are learning the spelling of their names and their classmates’ names.

Circle time activities have included Applesauce As, color match, number math(one-to-one correspondence), days of the week, months of the year, seasons and weather reviews! We read at least one story each day as well.

This week we’ll have lessons on rhyming and positional words.We’ll use colorful blocks for counting and making sets. We’ll taste apples and use slices and seeds for a math lesson. We’ll make and snack on our own apple pies!

Welcome

Welcome
Welcome

PreK 2 Class

Next weeks theme is about summer activities vs fall activities! we are going to read books about going to the beach!

We are going to have fun with sand sensory bins! Your sweet children will talk about apple picking and even do one of their art projects with an apple!

We are going to read one of my favorite books, The Little Yellow Leaf  By, Carin Berger.

The two’s class will be going on a scavenger hunt on the playground to locate essential summer and fall items like, sun glasses, shorts, sun tan lotion, sweatshirts and vests to name a few!

This sure will be fun! Make sure to ask them about it

PreK 3 Class

Theme – Welcome

This week we will focus on learning to share, say” please” and”thank you”, listen during story time and sit still when appropriate.

Each child will become familiar with teachers, peers and school environment.

English – We are working on letter “A” and its sound, naming as many “A” words as we can. We are learning some nursery rhymes.

Math
We will be sorting by shape then by colors. We will be counting 1-10.

Circle Time Activities
” A” words, color match, shape match, number maths and days of the week. We will read at least one story each day, often related to letter A.

We will collect A pictures to make a mini collage.

PreK 4 Class / Wraparound

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We’re getting acquainted and reacquainted with our friends and getting back into the rhythm of school!

We are working on letters A and B and numbers 1-15. We are reviewing shapes and colors as well. Using name cards , the children are learning the spelling of their names and their classmates’ names.

Circle time activities have included Applesauce As, color match, number math(one-to-one correspondence), days of the week, months of the year, seasons and weather reviews! We read at least one story each day as well.

This week we’ll have lessons on rhyming and positional words. We’ll use colorful blocks for counting and making sets. We’ll taste apples and use slices and seeds for a math lesson. We’ll make and snack on our own apple pies!

Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic Awareness

Preschoolers become aware of words and units of sound as they play with sounds and create rhymes.  We as teachers nurture phonemic awareness through these developmentally appropriate activities:

  • singing songs
  • reciting nursery rhymes
  • sharing wordplay books
  • playing word games

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Through these activities children tune into the sounds of words and develop an understanding of rhyme. They recognize and generate rhyming words, segment words into syllables, substitute sounds to create new words and much more. Learning these strategies is crucial because children apply them as they learn phonics.

Increase Your Child’s Literacy

Good morning Parents! We are already began our summer camp program this week for eight weeks! There are still spots left open if you would like to join in as we would love to have your children attend.

On another note as many of you know I am pursuing my masters degree in early childhood and would love to share what I am learning with you weekly in the newsletters. I hope you find this enlightening.

These tips are to increase your child’s literacy:

  • make time daily to read with your child
  • read out loud to your children and read along with them
  • take your child to the library and allow them to select the books
  • give books and magazine subscritions as gifts that will encourage reading
  • provide materials to write with (washable markers,crayons etc.)
  • emphasize the value of literacy

 *remember together ,parent and teacher, we create a partnership to help develop the tools needed to support the child literacy development.