Monday, November 9, 2015

Preschool News: Week of Nov. 9-13

What we've been learning:

Read it Again:  The Letters are Lost
Print Knowledge: We are continuing to work on recognizing that we read print from left to right and top to bottom.  

Vocabulary: Our focus words for this lesson are admired, peeked and squished.  We are working on understanding and using these new words by going on a search in our classroom for things that can squish for example and not squish.

Narrative: We are acting out events from the story and asking students to recall what action specific letters were doing on each page.  

Phonological Awareness:  We are graphing our names to see how many syllables our names have.  

Additional Children's Literature: Every Buddy Counts & Feast for Ten  

Numbers: #3 & #4  When we introduce the numbers, we are showing the students the ways these numbers can be represented such as through ten frames, fingers, tally marks, dice, dominoes to increase exposure and awareness to the value of each number.  Here is a picture of one of our number posters to demonstrate what we are learning.

Jolly Phonics Letter: Hh As I am assessing students for report cards, I am super excited about the growth I have seen in letter recognition and letter sounds since the beginning of the school year!  It is a great idea to be reviewing these at home as well to provide additional practice.   

Birthday Treats:  With all of the birthdays this month, I wanted to take a moment to remind you that any treats brought to school need to be pre-packaged and store bought.  This is explained in our preschool handbook.  Thank you!  

Book Orders:  Book orders are due on Thursday, Nov. 12th.  

Dressing:  Preschool students are learning how to dress themselves for recess.  In an effort to reward progress in this area, students are able to add their names to the door when they are able to do this for themselves.  For four year olds, they need to be able to put their coat on and zip it themselves and for three year olds, they need to put their coat on themselves. 

Reminder:  If you have not signed up for a parent teacher conference, please call the office at 319-442-3221 to sign up for a time.  Conferences will be held Monday, Nov. 23 from 3:30-7:30 and Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 7:30-7:30.  There will be no preschool on Tuesday, Nov. 24.  

New Centers:

Our grocery store has opened with huge success!  Students are engaged in great social, language, math, and literacy skills at this center.  What great fun it is to write your name when you want to write it on your name badge for working at the store!
Alphabet soup was in our sensory table this week.  Students are practicing fine motor development, recognizing letters of the alphabet, learning social skills development such as turn taking and requesting for an item and language skills while having conversations with peers.  

The problem solving that occurs when building a train track is phenomenal.  How do I build this so it hooks up and my train runs the right way?  Social and language skills are also utilized as we work together to decide which way our trains should go.  

Learning during center time is essential towards our development in preschool.  Engaging, child initiated activities promote the development of the whole child.  

Thanks for reading and have a great week!
Mrs. Benton

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