Wrapping It Up
The month of October, with all of the activities and lots of excitement it brings, opened a plethora of opportunities for our kids to learn and grow. Throughout the month, our little guys have learned about spiders, shapes and weather, and they have explored their feelings, and the feelings of others, with a variety of seasonal, multi-sensory activities. They have raked leaves, walked on a spider web, tried on lots of fun costumes, and made faces in the mirror. They have carved a jack-o-lantern and roasted the seeds, made pumpkin volcanos, pumpkin pie, and a pumpkin-head scarecrow. Finally, they celebrated the season during our classroom fall centers with those of you who came that day! I also enjoyed the opportunity to meet with you all during conference week, because it’s a privilege for me to share the progress your children make each day they come to school!
*Parents – please note that in my lesson plan for the year, I got the order of our farm/Thanksgiving unit stories transposed. They will be introduced in the order in which I have presented them here:
Our focus through our farm unit will be healthy foods, where food comes from, and as we get closer to Thanksgiving, table manners will be emphasized. We will begin our farm/Thanksgiving unit with the book Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins. It’s a nice segue into November as we continue to explore the various signs of the season, the foods we eat, and the special activities and traditions the holidays bring. In Ten Red Apples, the farmer laments as his animals eat the apples from the apple tree, one-by-one, until he has none for his wife to bake into a pie Counting and number recognition, repetitious phrases, animal names and sounds, and other funny surprises make this story a favorite, every time I use it for lessons.
The week before Thanksgiving, we will continue our farm fun with the story Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr. As you might guess, the farmer is ready for his turkey dinner, so the turkey takes off! He hides all around the farm, and all of his animal friends help him. Needless to say, the farmer’s Thanksgiving dinner consists of peas, mashed potatoes and grilled cheese sandwiches! Once again, we will touch (gently) on where our food comes from, and we will discuss thankfulness, it’s meaning and everything we are thankful for. We will also stress appropriate table manners (more than usual) with games, role play, puppets, and real experience.
The week following Thanksgiving, we continue our farm theme and introduce The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown. This is a lovely book with simple, rhythmic text about the cycle of a day on a farm where families of animals peacefully play and sleep. During the week we will touch on the time concepts of sunrise, morning, daytime, sunset, and nighttime, and the different things that happen on the farm, as well as some of the things we do during certain times of the day.
Since this is a 4-day week, we will review vowels “Ee,” “Ii” and “Uu.” Then we will introduce and practice letters “Aa” and “Tt.” Today we will introduce the color red and the shape, and we will practice those concepts for the month of November.
A Point of Interest
One day (usually the last Friday) of every month, we spend 30-45 minutes in a group sing-a-long session. This session is led by some of our wonderful Kindergarten teachers. We go to the cafeteria with all of the Kindergarten classes for some singing and dancing! This is such a nice opportunity for some inclusion and for our little guys to watch and learn from other, older children!
Dates To Remember
- Tuesday, November 6, 2018 – VOTE!!! And it is a teacher inservice day. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS!
- Thursday, November 15, 2018, 10:30-11:15 am – Thanksgiving Feast – Come share a “before the holiday” turkey lunch and all the fixins’ with us!
- November 19-23, 2018 – Thanksgiving Break – school closed