Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Preschool News: Week of October 26-30

What we've been learning:  

Read it Again:  We are reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
Print Knowledge: We are continuing to work on recognizing the left to right and top to bottom directionality of print. When reading with your child you can say, "I am going to point to the words as I read" and model for model for your child the direction that you read the words.
Vocabulary: We are working on understanding and using words which describe things and actions (adjectives and adverbs).  We taught the adjectives "loud" and "quiet" and sorted pictures of things that represented loud and quiet.
Phonological Awareness: SYLLABLES!!  We are learning to segment words into syllables by clapping out the words to identify how many parts there are in each word using pictures and words from our story.
Narrative: We have been acting out the story using a coconut tree and alphabet letters.  I have seen some great retelling and recalling of events in the story!     

Incredible Flexible You: Our new book this week is Whole Body Listening.  In this story we are learning that when we use whole body listening, our eyes, ears, mouth, hands, arms, legs and feet are calm and quiet.  When we do this it shows our friends/teacher that we are thinking about them and that makes us happy.  :)

New Learning Centers: 
Building: Tools/Construction Set

Sensory: Kinetic Sand 

Art: Finger Painting/Tissue Paper Pumpkins

Jolly Phonics Letter: C/K:  The letters C/K are introduced at the same time with Jolly Phonics because of the common hard C sound they make.  Example: cat/kite

Special Visitors:  This past week we were fortunate enough to have Mrs. Happel, first grade teacher here at Keystone, share with us her Russian Tortoise, Franklin.  What a wonderful opportunity to learn about how to care for a tortoise and have the chance to view one up close and personal.  Students were not allowed to touch Franklin as we learned that tortoises and turtles carry a sickness called salmonella.

We also had a visit from Ms. Anderson, also a teacher here at Keystone, who shared with us her pet hamster, Pepper.  We learned about what types of things Pepper likes to eat, his living environment and we got to see him roll around in his ball.  I am sorry to say, but many of our students, may be coming home begging to have a teddy bear hamster just like Pepper!

These visits were planned to extend students' learning with our vet clinic in our dramatic play area and I am very appreciative of Mrs. Happel and Ms. Anderson taking time out of their days to share with our students.

Another visitor to our afternoon class only this past week was Sue Lovik from Grant Wood AEA.  Sue is the Early Childhood Consultant from Grant Wood and she came and read to our class and did a great Science activity with our students exploring what happens when we add food coloring to water.

Here are pictures from our visit with Franklin, Miss Sue, and Pepper.

Reminders:  Please be aware of the changing weather.  The rest of this week will be in the 50's.  All students should have a warm jacket, gloves and hat or hood please in order to prevent anyone from being too cold.

PLEASE BRING: Please bring in a change of clothes to replace the shorts/t-shirts that were sent at the beginning of the year.  We will send home the summer clothes when we receive the fall clothes.  Also if your child has needed to borrow school clothes, please return those as soon as possible so we have them in the event we need them again.  Thank you!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Preschool News: Week of Oct. 20-23

What we've been learning:  This week in our Read it Again series, we are reading the book: Clifford Goes to Dog School.  For our print knowledge lesson we learned that we start on the left when we read and go to the right.  We used color coding by placing a green dot at the beginning of a sentence to reinforce this concept.  In vocabulary, we worked on understanding and using words which describe things and actions (adjectives and adverbs).  Students looked at pictures of different kinds and sizes of dogs and used adjectives to discuss how dogs were alike/different.  For phonological awareness we focused on identifying when two words share a rhyming pattern with the -og word family: dog, hog, log.  Many are grabbing the concept of rhyming which is exciting to see.  For narrative we used concept mapping to identify key features in our story.  We identified characters, setting and what happened in our story.  Students were asked to recall events to add to our web focusing on what happened in the beginning, middle and ending.  In our Incredible Flexible You series, we are finishing up our Body in the Group which has been great to remind kids of where they need to be when they are a part of a group.

Here is a picture of our narrative activity (concept mapping):

Jolly Phonics Letters: N  

Halloween Party:  We will be having a Halloween party on Thursday, Oct. 29 in order to allow both 3 & 4 Year olds to participate in the fun.  On this day, students are allowed to wear their costumes to school.  They will be wearing them the entire preschool day.  We will not be changing into costumes or changing out of costumes.  So please have your students wear their costumes to school if they would like to wear it the entire day, but they are not required to do so.

Monday, Oct. 26: I have a class at Grantwood AEA in Cedar Rapids on Monday, Oct. 26  that I am taking with the Atkins preschool teachers and will not be at school.  My substitute is Katie Kiebach.

Here are a few pictures of finger painting pumpkins this week.  We mixed the colors red and yellow to make orange!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Preschool News: Week of October 12-16

What we've been learning this week:  In our Incredible Flexible You series, we read the book, Body in the Group.  The activities that correlated with the book remind us to be aware of where our body is in a group.  Are we sitting too close or are we too far away?  Are we following and doing what our group is doing?  For our Read it Again lesson this week, we read the book The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing.  We focused again on spatial concepts in our vocabulary lesson: over, under, behind, and below.  For print knowledge, we located items in our classroom that were found in the book and pointed out the word/label for these items.  In narrative, we sorted pictures of things that can be done inside and/or outside as we continue to focus on the setting of a story.  Phonological Awareness focused on the -ack rhyming words such as black, back, pack.

Jolly Phonics Letter:  Pp  We review the letters and sounds that we have learned each day at school.  I will be re-assessing our letter recognition in the next few weeks and am excited to see the growth since our beginning of the year baseline assessment.

Special Visitor:  On Monday, Jennifer Feuerbach, from Frey's Animal Hospital came to talk to us about what is like being a veterinarian.  This visit was a perfect correlation to our vet clinic in our dramatic play center!  Mrs. Feuerbach shared with the students what a day at the animal hospital may look like varying from seeing patients to performing surgery.  She discussed with them foods that are poisonous for pets and how some of our small toys can be dangerous for them as well.  We also learned how to approach an animal we do not know, seeking permission from an owner before ever touching their pet and what our body should look like to not scare a dog.  The kids were given a tattoo and coloring book to take home.  A big THANK YOU to Jennifer Feuerbach for coming to visit us on her day off!

Reminder:  There is no school on Monday, October 19th for teacher professional development.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Field Trip Pictures

What a wonderful time we had at Bloomsbury Farm!  Thank you to Mrs. Mehlert and Mrs. Masten for helping to keep our ducks in a row and to all of the parents and grandparents that came to spend the time with us!  These memories and times are precious and believe me, they are fleeting!!!