October 21, 2019

 

Thank you all for taking the time to meet with me during conference week.  Since we are partners in the education and healthy development of your precious little ones, it is nice to talk face-to-face once in a while!  The short days are a bit inconvenient for everyone, and we are glad to be getting back to our regular schedule as we begin the second week of the next nine weeks.  Get ready for our busy holiday countdown!

Wrapping It Up

The past two weeks have included two favorite, fall stories,  Apples and Pumpkins  and The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything.  We have “picked” lots of apples, carved our own Jack-O-Lantern, and made a (not-so-scary) scarecrow.  We learned and practiced the letter “Pp” and reviewed letters “Yy,” “Nn,” “Aa,” and “Pp.”  We introduced the color orange and the   triangle, which we will continue through the end of the month.

Coming Next

         

The next two weeks, we will focus on feelings and emotions with the story Glad Monster Sad Monster by Ed Emberley & Anne Miranda.  We will learn how to identify our own emotions, and those of others, things that make us feel a certain way, how to communicate our feelings, and how to manage our emotions appropriately.  The children will enjoy getting to know the seven “colorful” monsters from the story as they laugh, cry, stomp, make silly faces, scare each other, hug each other, and worry about things that might be “under the bed!”  Please help your children identify and verbalize their feelings when they are frustrated, angry, sad, silly, happy, etc.  This will help them learn that they have control over the situation by reacting appropriately to their feelings and continuing to try when things get difficult.  They will also understand the value of staying happy when they are trying so hard to overcome frustrating situations!

We will finish our seasonal unit emphasizing emotions with one last “spooky” story, Where’s My Mummy?, by Carolyn Crimi.  The children will love this story, as it introduces some lovable characters that Baby Mummy meets as he plays “Hide and Shriek” with his Momma Mummy, when he should be getting ready for bed.  The repetitive text and sound play helped the children practice many speech sounds, sequence events, predict outcomes, and be able to identify many emotions as the characters are introduced.

Coming Events and Dates to Remember

  • October 31, 2019 – Fall Centers –  11:00-11:45 *This is the first year I haven’t had a Room Mom to help with this.  Please let me know if you can help with a craft or a make-it-yourself snack.  We have some fun games to play, and parents are welcome to join us!
  • October 31, 2019 – Relay for Life Fundraiser – $5 donation to wear your costume to school (We always allow our little ones to wear a costume anyway, so send them with costumes, regardless of a donation!)
  • November 5, 2019 – No school
  • November 7, 2019 – Family BINGO night – 6:00-7:30

 

October 7, 2019

Wrapping It Up

Just as Fall finally seems to have arrived, we have learned so much about life on the farm and the vast array of food and other products the harvest brings us.  We even got to play a banjo!  Harvest Party  and  Ten Red Apples   were delightfully fun stories for introducing the concept of subtraction (or “take away,”) since in both stories, each subsequent page revealed one more item missing.  The children really responded well to the repetition, number concepts, descriptive vocabulary, rhymes, and sound play these stories allowed. These guys are predicting words, filling in cloze phrases, counting, and responding to some difficult “Wh” questions!  They recognize the letters “n” and “a” and their associated sounds, and we finished our month-long emphasis on the color red and the pentagon.

Coming Next

             

We will continue our journey into farm and Fall concepts with the book Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell. This story is a nice segue into October as we continue to explore the various signs of the season and the special activities Fall brings.  As a family visits the Comstock farm, the little girl experiences the best of farm life as she plays with some animals and picks apples and a pumpkin to take home.  What she does with her pumpkin will excite and fill our kiddos with anticipation for things to come this month!

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.

We will introduce and practice the letter “p” and review the letters “y,” “n,” “a,” and “p.”  We will introduce the color orange and the triangle through the month of October.  Please refer to the “Forming Letters and Shapes” page of my blog to learn and use the auditory cues with your kiddos!

A Point of Interest

As we move into our emotions unit, I want to share this article with you, as it describes some ideas to consider when trying to decide, “To screen, or not to screen.”  The article is a bit long, but I encourage you to take the time to get all the way through it. 🙂

Young Children in the Digital Age: A Parent’s Guide

One challenge families face today involves making decisions about appropriate screen and digital device use for their young children. To help navigate this territory, Nancy Carlsson-Paige has written Young Children in the Digital Age: A Parent’s Guide. Based on six core ideas from the field of child development, the guide offers helpful information and support for family members as well as real-life, specific suggestions to implement at home.

http://files.constantcontact.com/de2a95c3201/1eaa68d1-2d13-4a03-955d-f1a5afad7f00.pdf

Coming Events and Dates to Remember

  • October 10, 2019 – Early Release – Younger kids dismiss at 10:30 and older kids dismiss at 12:30
  • October 14-18, 2019 – Conference Week – Early release schedule (above) all week. *If you would like to request a conference, please send me a 30-minute time slot that works for you, between 12:30pm and 3:00pm on Tuesday-Friday of that week. I will confirm it with a phone call or email. 
  • October 14-18, 2019 – Scholastic Book Fair AND Red Ribbon Week (see Frey website)
  • October 18, 2019 – Fall Festival