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.
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.
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