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.
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