September 16, 2019

Wrapping It Up

ROAR!  Our dinosaur unit has been dino-mite!  All of the children enjoyed the games, movement, dramatic play, science and cooperative activities that accompanied and enriched our unit.  As a natural extension to our “About Me” and “Back to School”  themes, these stories provided wonderful lessons in friendship, sharing, getting along, etc. We emphasized a variety of vocabulary concepts, including many descriptive words and actions, along with a focus on acceptable behavior, manners and rules in a variety of situations.   We also learned about the different characteristics of some of our prehistoric friends, including size, attributes, diet, etc.  We reviewed the letters “s,” “e” and “d,” and introduced and practiced the letter “y.”  

Coming Next

                   

As we begin to welcome fall and the cooling temperatures (hopefully,) we’ll turn our attention to the farm and harvest time.  Our emphasis will be on farm life and animals, healthy foods, and where food comes from. We will begin our farm unit with the book Harvest Party by Jennifer O’Connell.  As the farmers in our story survey their farm during the harvest, they come to find all the fruits of their labor are gone.  Starting with their ten bushels of apples, and culminating with the one key to the barn, the farmers countdown the items that are missing (7 stalks of corn, 3 hay bales, etc.,) until they discover the surprise all of the animals have prepared.  The rhyming, song-like text introduces a multitude of concepts as we continue to explore the various signs of the season, the foods we eat, and the special activities and traditions that come with this time of year.

When we return from Fall Break, we’ll continue our farm unit with Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins.  In this equally rhythmic text, 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.  Once again, counting and number recognition, repetitious phrases, animal names and sounds, and other funny surprises make this story a favorite every time I use it with my class!  Perhaps the fall break might bring you the opportunities to visit a working farm, pumpkin patch or an apple orchard with your kiddos!

We will introduce and practice the letters “n” and “a,” and we will continue to emphasize the color red and the  pentagon through the 1st week of October.  Please refer to the “Forming Letters and Shapes” page of my blog to learn and use the auditory cues with your kiddos!

Coming Events and Dates to Remember

  • September 23-27, 2019 – Fall Break (school closed)

 

 

 

 

 

September 3, 2019

Wrapping It Up

We have wrapped up our “All About Me” unit after two weeks spent exploring the wonderful body parts we have for “moving and doing” in All By Myself and Dini Dinosaur. Body parts, clothing, hygeine, and actions have been the focus of this lively unit, where we explored all the things we can do with our bodies and brains, including how to stay healthy!  We did the Hokey Pokey, made life-sized posters of ourselves, moved, shook, hugged, kissed, stomped, clapped, brushed our teeth, washed our faces and hands, ate healthy foods, and many more things to increase our awareness of our abilities and the many ways to keep ourselves healthy and strong.  We explored our differences and similarities through a variety of language-rich, multi-sensory experiences.  We also finished up our month’s emphasis on the color yellow and the rectangle shape, and we introduced and practiced the letters “e” and “d.”

Coming Next

                

Now that we’ve had time to get to know ourselves, teachers, and each other, we are turning our focus to the concepts of friendship, sharing and cooperating.  In continuation of the dinosaur theme (much to the delight of a couple of boys I know,) Groovy Joe, Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin is the perfect story to teach how “sharing is awesome!”  The author of the Pete the Cat stories, Eric Litwin, brings us more interactive literature and a new main character.  Groovy Joe has some ice cream, and he’s so happy that he starts to sing, “I love my doggy ice cream!”  In succession, three dinosaurs of increasing size stomp into Joe’s house and glare at him.  Each time, he decides (quickly) that he will share his ice cream, and the dinosaurs sing and dance with Joe to, “I love my doggy ice cream!” When the ice cream is gone, the dinos glare, and Joe thinks up the perfect solution to make his friends happy again. 

How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends? by Jane Yolen follows the rhythmic, questioning patterns of her other “How Do Dinosaurs” books.  The hilarious illustrations depict fairly realistic looking dinos doing all the wrong things when some friends come to play. As the rhyming text continues, the dinosaurs turn it around.  They demonstrate what it means to be a good friend and play nicely, as again, they make us laugh by cooperating and sharing in some typical activities of young children.  

Both of these stories feature a repetitive, rhyming text for lots of practice with our phonemic awareness skills, and they both contain lots of rich, descriptive vocabulary and predictable sequencing.

For the month of September we will introduce and practice the color red and the pentagon .

We will review letters “s,” “e,” and “d” this week, and next week we will introduce the letter “y.”

A Point of Interest

Once a month, on a Friday, 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! The songs are all chosen to support numerous skills and concepts children are developing at this age.  And…they LOVE this!

Coming Events and Dates to Remember

  • Friday, September 13, 2019, 6:30-9:30 – Frey Family Movie Night
  • September 23-27, 2019 – Fall Break, school closed