October 15, 2018

Just a reminder that next week is conference week and early release every day. This means we will be dismissing at 12:15 pm.  Please be sure that we know how your child is going home and I have a hand written note if they are going home a different way than usual.  If it is easiest for you to send in one note on Monday with your dismissal wishes for the entire week, that would be fine too!

Wrapping It Up

Our spider stories were a big hit, as we discussed more about rain and wind, but also learned some fun facts about our eight-legged, arachnid friends.  We did some spider walking, spider singing, spider throwing, and we made some wonderful webs of our own!  In the last issue of the blog, I indicated that our color this month was green, when in fact, we have been been focusing on orange! 

Coming Next

                   

Our next seasonal unit focuses on feelings, and how to understand and express our feelings.  The first story, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, is an all-time favorite for this time of year!  Our main character, the little, old lady, sees and hears some pretty scary things while out on a Fall stroll through the forest.  As it gets darker, she becomes increasingly frightened and runs back to the safety of her house.  Once she arrives home, she discovers some surprising evidence that sheds light on some new problems and feelings to explore!  This story lends itself to some fun sound play and actions, as well as prediction, sequencing, and discussions about our own fears and feelings.

In Monsters Love Underpants by Claire Freedman, the silly cast of characters leads us to new and exciting destinations, climates and land forms to show us the one thing that makes them ALL very happy: underpants!  The clever and funny rhyming text will have the children laughing and reading along, as the monsters bring out discussions of happy/unhappy, mad/glad, scared, “loving,” etc., and ways we can express, or read these feelings in others, and describe what makes us feel these emotions.

We will continue the color orange and the  triangle, and this week we will review the letters “y,” “u,” “i,” and “w.”  Next week we will introduce and practice letter “j.”     

A Big Thanks     

If you haven’t been by our room lately, come see our fun “dramatic play” center.  Thanks to Jamie King, Aaron’s mom, we have the best, friendliest, haunted house in Cobb County!  Jamie has also volunteered to prepare all of the lesson materials we require for our “Learn to Move, Move to Learn” units!  This is an enormous help in our very busy classroom.  Thank you, Jamie!!! 

Dates to Remember

  • This week, Oct. 15-19 – Conferences: Release at 12:15 pm Mon-Fri
  • October 18, 2018 – “Tough Kid Toolbox, Behavioral Strategies For the Home” workshop for preschool parents, 9:30-11:00 am, Hawthorn Center, 1595 Hawthorne Ave., Smyrna
  • October 19, 2018 – Frey Family Movie Night, 6:30-9:30 pm
  • October 27, 2018 – Freyday on a Saturday
  • October 31, 2018 – Class Fall Centers, 11:30 am-12:15 pm – Kids can wear their costumes and parents are welcome!
  • November 2, 2018 – Frey Fall Festival, 6:00-8:30 pm

Needed Items

  • CD Sleeves
  • Clear Packing Tape