Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Preschool News Week of October 17-21

What We've Been Learning:

Whole Group Learning:

Incredible Flexible You: We are reviewing Thinking with Your Eyes and remembering that you can tell what someone is thinking about by seeing what they are looking at as "eyes are like arrows".

Read it Again: The Night Before Preschool.  We discussed how many words were in the title and how I point to the words to read the story.  We created a list of the places the children went in the story and focused on using positional words such as over, under, behind and inside.  We also practiced rhyming words with the -ed ending such as bed, head, red, and bread.  We discussed the setting of the story as we read each page.  

Small Group Learning:

  • Toilet Paper Measuring
  • Shoe Graph
  • We worked on recognizing words that rhyme.  We played a game where we focused on the -ack rime (sack, pack, black, back, track)
  • We played color and shape bingo.
  • We worked on creating patterns using unifex cubes.  For example red, blue, red, blue.  
  • Jolly Phonics: Nn

Center Time Learning:

Building: Dinosaurs
Dramatic Play: Vet Clinic/Animal Hospital: Students voted for this new center!  
Sensory: Rice I Spy
Art: Collage Items 
Discovery: Leaf rubbings and pine comb measuring
Puzzles: Lacing shapes
Math: Spider Number Puzzles, Bigger/Smaller Game
Writing: October/Animal Hospital words
Library/Story Retelling: Halloween Scene

Party Day:

This Thursday, preschool will have a party to celebrate filling our party puff jar.  The morning class voted to have a pizza party and the afternoon class voted to have an ice cream party.  

Upcoming Dates:

Red Ribbon Week Dress Up Days: (Next Week)
Monday: I'm too Bright for drugs-Neon Day
Tuesday: Red Ribbon Day: Wear Red
Thursday: Elect to be drug free-USA day
Friday: Dreaming of a Drug Free Life-PJ Day

October 28 will be an early out dismissal schedule.  AM class will be in session from 8:15-10:15.  The PM class will be in session from 11:15-1:05.  The PM class will need to bring a sack lunch please.  
October 31 Preschool will have a costume party.  Your child may wear their costume to school.  We do request that masks not be used at school for your child's safety.  Please consider comfort for recess as well.

Please Enjoy pictures of our learning:

Here we are graphing our shoes for a Math lesson in small groups.
 Here we are doing toilet paper measuring in Mrs. Mehlert's small group.  We measured our arms and then compared the lengths and then we measured items around the room.

 A collage tray was added in the art center and has been very popular!  So much creativity!
 Trying out some of the stick puppets that were made with the art collage materials!

 Leaf rubbings in the science/discovery area.  
We discussed the veins on the leaf and the function they serve.
 Tracing and measuring pine combs is another activity at the science/discovery area.  
We can order them from shortest to longest.  
 We looked at a book and learned that pine combs are the seeds for the pine tree.  We even have a small pine tree that grew from one of these seeds.  
 Wow, look what we can build!  Future architects at work!

 Magnatiles are very popular in our classroom and they lead to a great discussion on shapes and building principles! 
 Once again, those engineers and architects at work problem solving and creating.

 The Itsy Bitsy Spider Flannel board...great for story retelling to include beginning, middle and end as well as to increase vocabulary.
 Puzzles are not only fun to do but great for building cognitive skills of persistence and problem solving.

Have a great rest of your week and please email me with any questions, concerns or comments!


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