August 28, 2017

 

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Wrapping It Up

We have wrapped up our unit “All About Me” unit. Body parts, our senses and all the things we can do by ourselves have been the focus of this lively unit. We explored all the things we can do with our bodies and brains, including how to stay healthy!  We did the Hokey Pokey, moved, shook, stomped, clapped, brushed our teeth, washed our faces and hands, ate healthy foods, and many more things to increase our awareness of our abilities and the many ways to keep ourselves healthy and strong.  We explored our differences and similarities through a variety of language-rich, multi-sensory experiences.

What’s Next?

Our next unit will be based on trees and all of the wonderful things that happen when the season changes to fall.

 

Today we begin our unit with Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins. This rhyming story with vivid illustrations tells a tale of a farmer who watches his farm animals one by one take a shiny red apple from his apple tree.  Students will love the rhyming, counting, repetition, and animal sounds in the story.

This week we will introduce the letter “Uu,.” We will focus on the color blue and the shape square.

(Mrs. Grimmer’s class will spend two weeks on this story)

 

Next week we will continue our unit based on the book Fall Leaves Fall! By Zoe Hall.  This is perfect book to introduce the season of fall to young children.  The story is about a little boy and his brother who are waiting for fall to arrive. They watch the leaves turn from green to red, orange, and yellow. They try to catch the leaves that start blowing off the tree, and crunch the leaves by stomping on them. They will collect the leaves and compare them to other leaves. The part that they love the best is raking the leaves into a big pile, then jumping into it.

Next week we will review the letters  “Ss,  Ee,  Cc,  Uu.”

The month of September we will focus on the color blue and square for our shape.

Dates to Remember

Wed, Aug 30, 2017-Early Release

Mon, Sep 4, 2017- Labor Day

 

Mrs. Lewis’ Class, August 15, 2017

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Wrapping It Up

We have spent the last two weeks getting settled in to our new routines, and learning about our school and all the wonderful things that happen here!  We have visited the lunchroom, library, office, nurse, playground, sensory room, and other classrooms in this big, beautiful school, and so far, WE LOVE IT HERE!  Your kiddos all seem to be having lots of fun with their new friends, teachers, bus drivers, therapists, and routines.  I think they’ll be coming back for more! 🙂 

What’s Next?

      

We are beginning our “All About Me” unit with the book All By Myself by Aliki.  This book should be available at the library in the children’s fiction section.  The rhyming, predictable text introduces a little boy as he wakes up in the morning.  It follows him through each step of his day from getting ready for school, to afternoon chores, dinner, bath time, and another night of sleep.  The boy is proud of the many things he can do for himself.  Since our kids are learning to perform many of these same skills, we will continue to emphasize independence in dressing, eating, grooming, going to school, simple chores, etc. through a variety of language-rich, multi-sensory activities.  You are your child’s best teacher when it comes to these self-care skills, so as always, let them be as independent as possible during their routines at home!  They can’t learn to “do it” unless you let them “do it!”  Your children are also old enough to have simple chores they are expected to do at home.  When you begin to foster this independence, and expect them to follow through with these tasks, they will develop a sense of pride and autonomy that will lead to more attempts to “do it MYSELF!”

The next book in this unit, I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont, highlights this pride and confidence we want all of our children to develop. The quirky little girl in this story points out all of the wonderful things that make her so special!  Through the rhyming text and whimsical pictures, she uses rich, descriptive vocabulary to emphasize the many characteristics she considers the best things about herself.  We will spend some time introducing and practicing the descriptive characteristics that make us special, as well as focusing a bit more on our senses.  When you pair the use of specific and varied descriptors with your children with experiences you have when talking with your child, they will begin to learn and associate those words with many different experiences.  Use many words to describe the same experiences too.

We began our “letter of the week” routine with “Ss” and have moved onto “Ee”  Letters are carefully chosen within the units, and the activities are designed to introduce the children to relevant vocabulary and sounds associated with specific letters.  For this reason, we do not follow alphabetical order to introduce the letters.  Next week, we will introduce and practice letter “Cc.”

Yellow” will continue to be our color of focus while the “circle”  will find it’s way into many more of our activities for the next two weeks.  It is always helpful if you can reinforce all of these concepts with your children within the natural contexts of your day.

Must Check It Out!

Here is a wonderful article that will give you many more ideas on how to foster more communication at home:

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Coming Events and Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, August 17, 6:00 p.m. – Please join us for Open House!  See message from our principal, Mr. Cathy:   
  • Hello Parents,
    We can’t wait to see you all this Thursday at 6pm for our Open House event.  Please keep in mind that this a parent-only preferred event.  We want you to get the most out of the presentation and be able to have all questions answered without distraction.  You will report directly to your child’s class.  See you all then!
  • Monday, August 21, 2017Solar Eclipse – As you may have seen in the letter that came home today, younger students, Pre-K through 2nd graders, will not be going outside to view the eclipse.  We will send home the special glasses if you want your child to witness this event with you.  Half-day students will dismiss at their usual time, and there will be early dismissal for the full-day students at 1:15.  The regular dismissal will occur at 3:10.  All dismissals of our students will happen in the usual location in back of the school.
  • Monday, September 4, 2017 – Labor Day Holiday – school closed

A BIG THANK YOU to Gichelle Watson, Michele Hynes, and Kalisha Smith for stepping forward to partner in helping as Room Moms!!!!!  We can’t do it without you!

 

Ms. Lewis’ Class, August 7, 2017

Welcome!

It is with great excitement that we bring you the first edition of the Preschool Press for the 2017-2018 school year! Welcome to all of our new and returning families.  We are thrilled to have you and your precious little ones with us!  They are off to a great start, as there have been very few tears (the Kindergarteners have had many more,) lots of giggles and much fun as we have gotten to know our friends, teachers, therapists and lots of other people in this big, wonderful school!  This year, we welcome a new speech therapist,  Mrs. Laura Evatt.  She will be with us several hours per week to support our language-rich curriculum and give individual attention to our various speech and language needs!   Of course, Mrs. Michelle McKenzie is still here to love and take care of us, and Ms. Maria Perotin will continue as our Occupational therapist!   We are starting the year with eight friends, Dominic, Nick, Walker, Joseph, Meko, Jonathan, Jovanny, and Gabriel, and they are settling nicely into a routine of fun and learning. Ms. Tara and Ms. Leslie are still working together in the SNPK AU classroom. They have four returning friends, Ava, John, Lakshya and Tomiwa.

In the pages listed in the top margin, you will find a wealth of information about our class, the curriculum, the current themes, and many tips and tricks you can use at home with your child to help support the things we do here! We are partners when it comes to the comfort and success of your children as we, hopefully, lay a very positive foundation of learning which will support them for the next several years of schooling. As always, please feel free to contact us if you have concerns, questions, ideas, or anything you would like to see your child doing. The school phone number is available on the Frey Elementary home page, and you can always leave a voicemail. Our emails are probably the best way to contact us at: Kelly1.Lewis@cobbk12.org (Ms. Kelly) , Dawn.McKenzie@cobbk12.org (Ms. Michelle), tara.grimmer@cobbk12.org (Ms. Tara)  or Leslie.glasgow@cobbk12.org (Ms. Leslie.)  and We are so happy to be here to have the privilege of working with your children and getting to know you and your family this year! 

As part of each new unit, I will be adding a new link in the “Concept Maps” page which will take you to the concept map for each new story. This will include the instructional standards I use to plan my lessons.  This concept map also includes the vocabulary and essential questions that we explore throughout the unit.   Please take the time to review these questions with your children.  It would be very helpful for you to find copies of the books to keep at home.  The children become so familiar with the books, and they love to “read” to Mom and Dad.  Also, if you have the books at home, you can refer back to the pages to point out the answers to the questions.  This helps develop beginning “research” skills.

I will also send a copy of the unit songs on a new CD for each unit.  The songs are chosen carefully to help reinforce specific vocabulary and concepts throughout each unit.  Please make a point to play these songs regularly for your children at home during playtime or “down” time, or play them in the car while out and about.  This is an easy, fun way to support the concepts and learning we are introducing at school!

Current Events

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We have spent the first week of school reading the book Llama, Llama Misses Mama by Anne Dewdney. This story is about a little llama going to school for the very first time, and how sad he is when his mama must leave.  The children all try to cheer up the little llama, but he doesn’t want to read or play or eat because of his sadness.  Finally, the teacher convinces the llama that his mama will come back after he’s had some fun, and of course, she does.  The llama learns that, although he loves his mama, he loves school too!

This week, we will continue our “Back to School” theme with If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff.  It is a simple story that depicts one day in the life of a little mouse as he goes to school.  The story is rich in action words and school related vocabulary. We will also emphasize sequencing, school rules and being good friends.  

Ms. Tara’s class will follow the same theme, color and shape.  However, two weeks will be spent on each chosen book. This week we will continue with Llama, Llama Misses Mama until Friday.  We will then continue the “back to school” theme with If You Take a Mouse to School  on Monday the 14th until 24th.

We will begin our “letter of the week” routine this week with “S.”  Letters are also carefully chosen within the units, and the activities are designed to introduce the children to relevant vocabulary and sounds associated with specific letters.  For this reason, we do not follow alphabetical order to introduce the letters.

Yellow will be our color of focus while the circle will find it’s way into many of our activities for the next three weeks.  It is always helpful if you can reinforce all of these concepts with your children within the natural contexts of your day.

Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – Please join us for Open House!  I will have a brief presentation to welcome and inform you of every aspect of our program.  
  • Monday, September 4, 2017 – Labor Day holiday (no school)

What Do We Need?

Nothing!  A very big THANK YOU to everyone for sending in the items on the class supply list!  In this section, we will list things we are running low on, but please only send items if you are able!