From the Desk of Ms. Li

What will we be doing in Pre-K this month?

November 2013

I hope everyone had a wonderful and enjoyable Halloween holiday last week! I know my favorite part of our Halloween week at school was dressing up in our costumes for the Converse Costume Parade and visiting other classrooms around the school. All of our Pre-K students were so excited to show off their costumes to our older friends at Converse Elementary - we had the wonderful privilege of sharing this parade with lovely princesses, wacky witches, scary vampires, courageous superheros, some silly animals and insects, two policemen, and a werewolf! Our Halloween party afterwards was also a great success. I would like to thank Mrs. A, Mrs. B, and Mrs. C for bringing in cupcakes, cookies, and juice boxes for our class! I am also exceptionally grateful to everyone who stayed after and helped us with the clean-up!

For the month of November, we will be continuing our practice in sounding out the letters of the alphabet and putting them together to form the short words from our Weekly Words list. This month will also include many art-related activities to help us embrace the season, expand our creative coconuts (in Ms. Li's class we refer to our heads as coconuts), and help us strengthen our ability to coordinate movements using our fingers, hands, and arms or our fine motor skills.

Emergent Reading: Rhyme Time!

Last week we introduced ourselves to rhymes! We read "Humpty Dumpty" and "Little Miss Muffet" together as a class and participated in a rhyming game called "The Rhyming Basket". We practiced matching pairs of rhyming words together using picture flashcards and the objects in our basket. We had a lot of fun learning about rhymes and even made up a lot of silly words too - ask your child and see what rhyming words they came up with! We also constructed our rhyming words into beautiful pieces of artwork which are currently displayed on our Seasons wall, outside our classroom.

What are some ways to practice rhyming at home with your child?

  • Practice saying names of objects around your home and have your child produce their own rhyme with that word - it is okay if they make up their own words!
  • Practice sounding out different word families like c-at and b-at; s-ip and dr-ip; b-ell and w-ell; k-ey and s-ea, etc.
  • Here are some helpful worksheets for you to print out at home or from our library:

Science: Nature Keeper!

We will be expecting a very special visitor from Silly Safari who will be bringing in squirrels and other animals to show and tell our Pre-K class about the wonderful work they do and interesting facts about each animal in the next coming weeks. We will be sending out permission slips as well as the details to this very special presentation on Friday, November 15th.

We will further our nature lesson by observing the life cycle of trees and focus on the cycle in Autumn. Our lesson will include an outdoor "Fall Finds Scavenger Hunt" which will include collecting leaves and acorns in our park and plants or flowers from our school garden. Together, we will use our imagination and create a giant, class collage of Autumn!

Cougar Harvest Festival

Saturday, Nov. 23rd, 1-5pm

Converse Elementary School, Converse, TX

Converse, TX

We would like to welcome our Pre-K families and friends of Converse Elementary to join us in giving thanks to this wonderful season of the year with music, games, Thanksgiving art and crafts, face-painting, and a Cougar Thanksgiving feast at the end at our annual Cougar Harvest Festival on Saturday, November 16th at Converse Elementary School. We hope to see you there - remember to dress warmly!

Parent Pick-Up & Drop-Off Policy

We want to work together with you in helping us keep our children safe! If you are running late and need to drop your child off to school or need to pick up your child early, please remember to park your vehicle in a designated spot in our parking lot and sign in at our front office. You will receive a name-tag and a sticker before finding us in our classroom!

Ms. Li's Contact Information

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I am available after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM. I would be more than happy to schedule an after-school parent meeting with you during those days and hours. Feel free to call me anytime before 6:00PM on the weekdays. I frequently check my e-mails everyday during the week and on weekends.