Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Preschool News Week of Sept. 22-25

What we've been learning this week:  We are completing our study on the Group Plan this week in our Incredible Flexible You series.  What is great about this lesson is it helps students be aware of what others are doing (example: sitting on the carpet for group time) and what they are doing (example: still looking at a book in the library and not coming over) and how that makes others feel when they don't follow the group plan.  We are learning some great social skills that will help us be successful in our interactions with peers and in following classroom routines.  For Read it Again, we are reading the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  We are completing the following activities during our small groups: identifying the setting of the story (day/night) and sorting pictures of things that we do in the day and things we do at night, we discussed our favorite page in the story and I recorded their response of chart paper so they could see their ideas in print to learn that print carries meaning, for vocabulary they focused on finding colored magnet letters in a tub of colored dry macaroni and worked on identifying the color and letter, and finally for phonological awareness we are working on rhyming words that end with the -ee ending such as flee, bee.

Jolly Phonics Letter:  Our letter for this week will be the letter Aa.  As we are learning our letters, we are learning a song that goes with each letter, an action to accompany each letter sound, reading a story that focuses on the target letter (The Adventures of Abby Alligator), learning to write the letter, and creating a list together of words that start with that letter.  While we are practicing letters at school, it is so helpful to your child to really begin talking to them about letters whether it be completing an alphabet puzzle together, going on a letter hunt in a magazine or newspaper, finding apps or computer games that they can explore, or making an alphabet book together and finding pictures that start with each letter.  The more exposure, the greater their progress will be.

Songs: Mother Goony Bird, If you're happy and you know it, The leaves are falling down, Bear Hunt, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Gummy Bear.

New Center Additions:  Sensory table: Colored rice and sea animals, Blocks: Gears, Library: Fall Books, Science: Leaf Rubbings and exploration, Art: Sponge Painting with Fall colors.  Listening: When the Leaf Blew In.

Thank you for reading and have a great rest of your week!

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