October 30, 2016

 

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Wrapping It Up

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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 orange-triangle 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!

Coming Next

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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 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.

Music

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

 

October 3, 2016

Welcome back! We hope that everyone enjoyed their break!

October 3, 2016

Current Events

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We will begin our “monster fun” with Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberly and Anne Miranda with a focus on emotions and feelings.  We will learn how to identify our own emotions, and those of others, things that make us feel a certain way, how to communicate our feelings, and how to manage our emotions appropriately.  The children will enjoy getting to know the seven “colorful” monsters from the story as they laugh, cry, stomp, make silly faces, scare each other, hug each other, and worry about things that might be “under the bed!”  Please help your children identify and verbalize their feelings when they are frustrated, angry, sad, silly, happy, etc.  This will help them learn that they have control over the situation by reacting appropriately to their feelings and continuing to try when things get difficult.  They will also understand the value of staying happy when they are trying so hard to overcome frustrating situations!

From here we will continue our “frightening fun” with the story The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams.  This is a favorite for this time of year, and it includes wonderful, repetitive sounds and verses which build sequentially for lots of prediction and phonemic awareness activities.  Along with feelings and emotions, we will concentrate on clothing for the season, scarecrows, pumpkins, bats, spiders, etc.  This book is also another nice lesson in persevering when things get scary or tough, as the concept of optimism (and that it can be learned from a very early age) will continue to be a major focus of many of our lessons this year.

This month we will introduce the color “orange” and the shape “triangle. We will introduce and practice the letters “H” and “G.”

Dates to Remember

  • October 8, 2016 – 9:00 am- 1:00 pm Please join us for the third annual “Frey Day on a Saturday” workday on October 8th from 9:00A.M.-1:00 P.M. Frey  Please click on the link below to look over details and get signed up. 

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  • October 17-21, 2016 – Conference Week – Early release all week (morning preschoolers will dismiss at 10:30 am and all-day preschoolers will dismiss at 12:00 pm)