Wrapping It Up
During conference week when our days were so short, we read Go Away, Big, Green Monster! by Ed Emberly. It’s a simple, interactive story that allows the reader to see the green monster come to life, and gives him/her the control to make the monster go away. The emphasis was on our ability to conquer fear by using our happy thoughts and our power of self-control. Finally, we finished our seasonal unit emphasizing emotions with one last “spooky” story, Where’s My Mummy?, by Carolyn Crimi. The children loved this story, as it introduced some lovable characters that Baby Mummy meets as he plays “Hide and Shriek” with his Momma Mummy, when he should be getting ready for bed. The repetitive text and sound play helped the children practice many speech sounds, sequence events, predict outcomes, and they were able to identify many emotions as the characters were introduced.
We have included the color orange and the triangle into many of our seasonal art, sensory, manipulative, literacy, math, individual work and group game times. We introduced and practiced the letters “h,” “g,” and “v,” and we reviewed the vowels “a” and “o.” We will culminate our month-long Fall fun with our Fall Centers tomorrow morning, October 31 at 11:05 am. Please join us, if you can, for games, stories, songs, snacks, and crafts! A big THANK YOU to Dana Dodd and Bahati Devane for stepping in as room moms for this event!
November 1st will begin our 3-week unit emphasizing healthy foods and Thanksgiving. We will spend much of our time learning about the food groups of the new food pyramid and making healthy choices. Our month begins with the book Lunch by Denise Fleming. This is an adorable story about a very hungry mouse who eats his way through a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. The story focuses on colors, as well as the healthy choice of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. The simple text is also rich in other describing words as the mouse munches on items that are crisp, tasty, juicy, etc.
We will introduce and practice the color brown and the rectangle throughout the month, and this week, we will introduce and practice the letter “w.” The remainder of the month will be used to review all consonants we have learned so far.
Hopefully by now, you have a good understanding of the importance of the music CDs we send home with each new unit! The compilation of songs is carefully chosen to support and strengthen the concepts and vocabulary emphasized throughout the unit, and is intended for you to play OFTEN during the unit. You could add the songs to your computer, iPod, iPhone, tablet, etc., and have them playing during down times or in the background during playtime at home. Or, play them in the car while on the go! Your kids will benefit from the music so much, and I bet they’ll enjoy it almost as much as any “screen time!” This is one very easy way for you to help us help your children with their language, math, motor, reading, and cognitive development. If you haven’t been including this in your daily routines, please give it a try! You might even enjoy the music and sing along with them!
Dates to Remember
Tomorrow, October 31st – Fall Fun Centers -11:05-11:50 am.
November 21-25, 2016 – Thanksgiving Holidays – School closed