November 27, 2017

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.

What’s Next?

                    

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!

 

November 6, 2017

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Wrapping It Up

We have finished our dinosaur unit with How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen .  In preparation for the upcoming holidays, where family mealtimes might be the focus, this book was a wonderful lesson in table manners and eating healthy foods.  We emphasized a variety of vocabulary concepts, including many descriptive words and actions, along with a focus on manners and being polite in a variety of situations.   We also focused on the different characteristics of some of our prehistoric friends, including size, attributes, diet, etc.  This group of boys LOVED the dinos!

What’s Next?

                       

November, and our food unit, will wind up with two delightful books about some mischievous mice who raid the kitchen and make big messes. Mouse Mess, by Linnea Riley, uses nice rhyming text and word play (i.e., munch-munch, crunch-crunch) to take us on a nighttime adventure through many types of food that results in a terrible mess in the kitchen.  When he finishes eating, mouse draws himself a nice bubble bath in a teacup then goes back to bed.   Lunch, by Denise Fleming, focuses on various fruits and vegetables and reinforces color concepts as the hungry mouse eats through a white turnip, yellow corn, red apple, purple grapes, etc., and then takes a nap until dinnertime.  During this unit, we will introduce the food pyramid and learn about many different kinds of foods.  We will explore healthy vs. unhealthy choices and why we need healthy foods to fuel our bodies and minds.

We have introduced the color “brown,” and the  rectangle will be our shape of the month through November.  During our food unit, we will review the vowels “e” and “u” and explore the letter “k” through a variety of songs, games, stories, art activities and play.  Please discuss and reinforce these concepts throughout your daily routines with your children.  Your involvement in providing support for the things we are learning at school helps ensure that your children are able to transfer what they learn into other parts of their lives.  Also, during your time of preparation for the holiday, try to involve your children in the cleaning, cooking, shopping, etc. as much as possible. They will begin to learn your family traditions and feel integral in creating your special times!

Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – Teacher inservice day – no school for students
  • Thursday,November 16, 2017, 10:35-11:15 a.m. – Thanksgiving Feast – Please come and eat a special lunch with your child
  • November 20-24, 2017 – Thanksgiving Holiday, school closed