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.”
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