Preschool Press

August 21-29, 2013

Back to School

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a fantastic summer! We had a great time seeing everyone's wonderful smiling faces! Our first day was a success. We visited Red, Orange and Blue Stations. We also enjoyed our story about a dinosaur's first day of school. We also sponge painted a dinosaur during our time at Red Station. We had s special visit from Tony the Tyrannosaurus Rex. He is a T-Rex puppet that visits our room occasionally. He was very excited to see the boys and girls!
During our first weeks of school we will discuss the theme Back to School. We will become acquainted with not only our classroom and it's routines but also our new school Lantern Road Elementary! The children had a great time getting their picture taken in front of our school. Go Leopards!

Weekly Skills

During the two weeks we will work on a variety of preschool skills. These skills are modified to make sure they are appropriate for the variety of ages we have in our class. Below is a list of some of the skills we will work on during our theme of Back to School.
  • Cooperative Play
  • Classroom Participation
  • Label different school supplies
  • Following 1-2 step directions
  • Completing all or part of a task.
  • Waiting your turn
  • Demonstrating fine motor skills-correct grasp on writing utensil, cutting along a line, creating letter approximations
  • Commenting and giving details that are on topic
  • Visual Discrimination
  • Print Awareness
  • Following group directions

Home Activities

As we work on a variety of skills during the next two weeks we look for further reinforcement of skills at home. This continued encouragement of concepts will increase understanding and application of those skills. Below are activities to do at home.
  • Visit the Indianapolis Children's Museum. The Dinosphere is wonderful place to expand your child's interest in dinosaurs. You can also visit the Dinosphere at the Indianapolis Children's Museum website,
  • You can also visit This website has numerous activities involving characters from PBS children's shows. There is a show called Dinosaur Train and on this website it has activities that address not only the topic of dinosaurs but also other developmental skills. Also if you go to Sesame Street with Elmo you will find an interactive Elmo's first day of school game.
  • Use the attached handouts in the e-mail to further reinforce our theme and skills we will work on during the two weeks.
  • Go on a dinosaur hunt. Search in your home for a dinosaur, leave clues about different dinosaurs around your home for children to guess which dinosaur you might find. Use flashlights when going on your hunt. You could also have your dinosaur find different supplies you might find at school in your home. Do you have a puzzle, crayons, glue. story books? Ask your child what they do with these items?
  • Use uncooked pasta noodles to create your own dinosaur. The pasta noodles can look like dinosaur bones.


*Car rider procedures were given to parents of children who arrive to school in a car. Let us know if you have any questions about the procedures. We appreciate your patience as we work through this new system.
*In the event of a 2 hour delay due to inclement weather there would be no Early Childhood classes.
*No school on Monday, 9/2 due to Labor Day.
*Inside your child's backpack you will find information about our Beginning of the Year Picnic at Lantern Road Elementary playground. The picnic will be on Thursday, 9/5 from 5:30-6:30. Please provide your own family's meal and bring folding chairs or blankets for seating. We look forward to seeing you!