Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Preschool News Week of Sept. 26-30

What We've Been Learning:

Whole Group Learning:

Read it Again: Our story this week is Rumble in the Jungle.  Our objectives for this lesson were to have the students recognize that print carries meaning and to distinguish print from pictures, to understand and use words for unfamiliar actions (nouns: jaws, horns, cubs, den), to identify when two words share a rhyming pattern (paw, jaw, saw) and to identify and describe the setting and characters in the story.  

Incredible Flexible You: We read the book Whole Body Listening and learned that when we are listening to someone we are listening by keeping our hands, arms, feet and legs still, our ears are listening, our eyes are watching and our mouths are quiet.  We learned that it makes others feel good when we listen to them with whole body listening.

Rhyming Book: Tog the Dog  We are working very hard with our 4 year old students on rhyming and encourage them to watch our mouths when we said words to hear if we make the same sound at the end of the word.  This skill of being able to hear and isolate sounds in words is an important pre-reading and pre-writing skill.  

Small Group Learning:

  • Incredible Flexible You: We played a game where we practice having our legs, hands, feet, arms, ears, eyes, mouth not listen and then we did a countdown to listening to practice what whole body listening looks like.
  • Read it Again: We practiced matching rhyming words for the -ake rime (snake, rake, make, bake).  We also discussed where the animals in our story were located to focus on setting.
  • Number Hunt for #'s 6-10
  • Journals
  • Jolly Phonics letter: Ii


During our center time, we have a time where we pull over individual or small groups of students to work on specific skill areas.  This week we are working with students on writing their names, identifying numbers and counting and shape recognition.  As we progress through the school year, we will continue to identify which students need extra practice or which students need extension opportunities in each learning goal area and provide activities to work on these skills.  Currently, our three year old students are working on shape recognition.  Our four year old students are focusing on rhyming.  I will be sending home activities this week as homework in these areas for you to practice at home with your child as well.  Learning and student success is a collaboration between home and school!

Upcoming Dates: 

Oct. 10: No school for teacher professional development
Oct. 13: Preschool Field Trip to Bloomsbury Farm
Oct. 14: No Preschool for teacher professional development
Oct. 28: Early Dismissal    

Please Enjoy Pictures of our Learning!

 Our new camping and duplos center activities

 We have a puppet theater in our libary area

 Indoor recess obstacle course

 Alphabet soup in our sensory table

 Sorting pom pom "apples" by color in our writing center
 Our transportation graph

 We are so proud of our jolly phonics letter books!  

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