Wow! It seems like our year is flying by! We hope you are all as excited as we are to see the progress your children are making! They are becoming more independent and capable of new things all the time, AND we always have so much fun!
Today we continue our unit on healthy foods and Thanksgiving with a wonderfully rich, counting book about a family’s preparation for a large dinner, Feast For 10, by Cathryn Falwell. The story begins as five children help their mother shop for the many foods they will need for their family feast, and as they add items to the cart, they count the items from one to ten. Upon arriving home, they all pitch in to help prepare the meal, set the table, and sit down to share the meal, while counting helping hands, plates on the table, bags of groceries, etc. from one to ten. The rhyming text introduces a rich vocabulary of several foods, but also the actions and describing words that are a part of the familiar routine of meal preparation.
Next week, we will finish our seasonal unit with Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr. As the title suggests, this story is about the big bird trying to escape his Thanksgiving Day fate. The repetitive text and fun sound play describe the turkey attempting to hide in various locations on the farm, but to no avail. The farmer is always right behind him! The story lends itself to prediction and sequencing activities, as well as some fun, “nonsensical” sound phrases for the children to practice. Without giving away the ending, the farmer and his family enjoyed their Thanksgiving dinner of potatoes, dressing, gravy, and salad with…grilled cheese sandwiches!
While many of the activities we will engage in these next two weeks will focus on a variety of healthy food choices and the food groups, we will also emphasize the feeling of thanks and those things we are grateful for and saying “thank you.” We will also touch on the use of good manners at the table and in general. We will continue to practice the color brown and the rectangle, and we will review all of the consonants we have learned so far. And, please join your children for a Thanksgiving feast on Wednesday, November 16 at 11:00am! The lunchroom staff always fixes a yummy feast for the whole school and their families, and it is very special when you join your children for a meal at school. Please either charge your child’s lunch account or send in your meal payments, for every guest that will join us, by Tuesday, November 15th to reduce the amount of time in line. A guest meal is $3.50 and a student meal is $2.25. We hope to see you there!
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Dates to Remember
- Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – Thanksgiving Feast
- November 21-25 – Thanksgiving Break – No school