May 6, 2019

We are in the home stretch, and it is busy, busy, busy around here!  We still have so much fun to pack into the next 2 1/2 weeks!  As the kids would say (I’m not sure where they learned it,) “Let’s do it!”

Wrapping It Up

For some reason, with all of the themes, units, and ideas we present in the course of a year, “Pond Life” ranks very near the top of favorites every time.  The kids just love everything about fish, frogs, ducks, turtles, snakes, and water!  So do I!  This past two weeks we have hopped and waddled, caught “flies,” cast our lines and nets, got “stuck” in the muck, and slithered through the grass.  We also finished our focus on the oval, as we learned about many more animals hatch from eggs!  All along, we have also done a few other things that Spring in our classroom just called for:  we planted a garden (we’ll get to eat some radishes and strawberries thanks to Michelle Hynes!) we made our “grass heads” and got to see the seeds root and sprout, and we are still observing our butterfly life cycle, from tiny caterpillars (something else hatched from eggs) to making cocoons (or chrysalis,) to having one butterfly emerge on Friday!  I’m sure we’ll be able to release 5 butterflies this week!

Coming Next

             

We are actually changing things from our original plans for the next 3 weeks.  I will explain the reason in our Sparkle of Interest below, but we WILL begin an “ocean” themed unit (another favorite!)  Our stories for this theme are  Way Down Deep In the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck and Pout- Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen. Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea is about a little boy who is on an adventure looking for treasure in the sea. He encounters many different sea creatures on his journey. He finds that not all of them are friendly, but luckily he is really safe in his own bathtub.  Pout- Pout Fish takes you on a swim with a fish who is always pouting, spreading his “dreary wearies” all over the place.  After his friends attempt many different ways to get him to smile, a new friend gives him a different perspective with one little kiss.  We will focus on ocean and beach fun as we near summer vacation.

We will review all shapes for the rest of the year, while we introduce and practice the color blue.  This week we will introduce and practice the letter “Oo,” and in the next two weeks, we will review letters “Rr,” “Kk,” “Ff,” “Oo,” and “Aa.”

A Sparkle of Interest

Each year, the amazing CCSD Special Needs Preschool department, which consists of a director, a social worker, 5 program specialists, 3 behavior support specialists, 5 community-based special education teachers,  and almost 100 facility-based special education teachers (of which I am one) work together to develop materials to support each book we introduce during our theme related content.  While every year, they are increasing our libraries, it is really up to the teachers and program specialists to add these support materials, as we can each year, to the database.  This should explain why some of the concept maps I intended to publish, never got on the list.  The stories I included in my yearly curriculum list for the last 3 weeks of school were two that I was sure would be added this year, but apparently, I was not the only one without the time to work on these two book units this year!  So, we will read two of the same books as last year, but they are favorites!  

Dates To Remember

  • Wednesday, May 8th, 8:00 am – Dads and Doughnuts
  • Friday, May 10th, 8:00 am – Moms and Muffins
  • Tuesday, May 14th, 12:30-1:00 – SPED Unit Beach Party – Please send a bathing suit and towel this day!
  • Friday, May 17th, 1:00 – Preschool Graduation