Wrapping It Up
The month of October, with all of the activities and lots of excitement it brings, opened a plethora of opportunities for our kids to learn and grow. Throughout the month, our little guys have learned about spiders, signs of Fall, and they have explored their feelings, and the feelings of others, with a variety of seasonal, multi-sensory activities. They have raked leaves, walked on a spider web, tried on lots of fun costumes, and made faces in the mirror. They have carved a jack-o-lantern and roasted the seeds, made pumpkin dip, flown a balloon powered ghost, and made scarecrows a few different ways! Finally, they celebrated the season during our classroom fall centers where they played games, did a craft, and made a fun snack. I also enjoyed the opportunity to meet with you all during conference week, because it’s a privilege for me to share the progress your children make each day they come to school!
We’ll begin our shopping/healthy food/Thanksgiving unit with a hilarious story by Anne Miranda, To Market, To Market. The old woman in the story goes to market to buy a fat pig, then she gets home and the pig promptly escapes, so she returns to the store. Soon the pig’s in the kitchen, the lamb’s on the bed, the cow’s on the couch–and to her distress she has a house full of animals! Eventually she makes one last trip to the market, animals in tow, to buy lots of vegetables for a big pot of soup.
Next, we continue our unit on healthy foods and Thanksgiving with a wonderfully rich, counting book about a family’s preparation for a large dinner, Feast For 10 by Cathryn Falwell. The story begins as five children help their mother shop for the many foods they will need for their family feast, and as they add items to the cart, they count the items from one to ten. Upon arriving home, they all pitch in to help prepare the meal, set the table, and sit down to share the meal, while counting helping hands, plates on the table, bags of groceries, etc. from one to ten. The rhyming text introduces a rich vocabulary of several foods, but also the actions and describing words that are a part of the familiar routine of meal preparation.
The week before Thanksgiving, we will continue our food fun with the story Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr. As you might guess, the farmer is ready for his turkey dinner, so the turkey takes off! He hides all around the farm, and all of his animal friends help him. Needless to say, the farmer’s Thanksgiving dinner consists of peas, mashed potatoes and grilled cheese sandwiches! Once again, we will touch (gently) on where our food comes from, and we will discuss thankfulness, it’s meaning and everything we are thankful for. We will also stress appropriate table manners (more than usual) with games, role play, puppets, and real experience.
While many of the activities we will engage in these next three weeks will focus on a variety of healthy food choices and the food groups, we will also emphasize the feeling of thanks and those things we are grateful for and saying “thank you.” We will also touch on the use of good manners at the table and in general. We will introduce and practice the color brown and thecircle, and we will review vowels “Aa” and “Ee.” On the week of the 11th, we will introduce and practice the letter “Rr,” and on the week of the 18th, we will introduce and practice letter “Tt.” And, please join your children for a Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday, November 19 at 10:10 am! The lunchroom staff always fixes a yummy feast for the whole school and their families, and it is very special when you join your children for a meal at school. Please either charge your child’s lunch account or send in your meal payment.
Dates To Remember
- Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – VOTE!!! And it is a teacher inservice day. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS!
- Tuseday, November 19, 2019, 10:10 am – Thanksgiving Feast – Come share a “before the holiday” turkey lunch and all the fixins’ with us!
- November 18-22, 2019 – Thanksgiving Break – school closed
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