As we head into the end of 2017, we are happy to welcome two new friends to our class! We are glad you’re here Skylyn and Lake!
Wrapping It Up
Welcome back! We hope everyone had a restful Thanksgiving with family and friends! Before the break, we finished our Healthy Foods and Good Manners unit with our two adorable mice who explored the cuisine in their families’ homes. They made BIG messes that allowed us to practice lots of rich vocabulary, phonemic play, rhymes, colors and food groups. The Thanksgiving/Mice CD sent home for this unit was a huge favorite, and the kids will definitely ask you to play it again and again! We focused on the letter “k” and reviewed the vowels “e” and “u.” We introduced and practiced the color brown and the shape rectangle during the month of November, and ALL of these concepts were constantly reinforced during our games, songs, art, play, fine motor, small group, and circle activities.
Our holiday theme will start with If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies brings us some familiar characters as the mischievous little mouse has his boy running in circles to get him what he wants. When he goes to the movies, he wants popcorn. When he gets popcorn he wants to string it. When he strings popcorn, he wants a Christmas tree. When he gets a Christmas tree, he wants to make ornaments, etc. Eventually, they wind up at the movies for more popcorn. Seasonal vocabulary and numerous action words are emphasized in this nicely sequential story that allows the children to predict and “read” what comes next.
We will introduce the color “red,” and the star will be our shape of the month through December. This week, we will introduce and explore the letter “m” through a variety of songs, games, stories, art activities and play. I will update the blog again next week to expand on our plans for the rest of the month. Take a deeeeeep breath! We are all going to be busy, but we can learn SO much in this season of giving!