Preschool Press

9/30/13-10/10/13

It's Fall Y'all!

Thank you to everyone who donated items for the animals at the Hamilton County Humane Society! The children learned how they could help and take care of pets as we read Dog's Colorful Day and Pete the Cat and His White Shoes. We also learned about shapes and colors. The children marble painted Pete's shoes and got to tell what they stepped in as they change the shoes colors.
During the next two weeks we will discuss more about the fall season. We will focus on apples and pumpkins. Our field trip to Smith Family Farm will be at the end of October, 10/21 for the AM Class and 10/23 for the PM Class. We will learn how apples and pumpkins grow, observe changes with the fall season and how we use apples and pumpkins to make other things.


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 Fall-Apples and Pumpkins.
  1. Sorting by size
  2. Labeling small, medium and large sizes
  3. Identifying and Labeling letters A, B and C
  4. Following large group directions
  5. Giving 1-2 details when commenting
  6. Playing alongside and others and taking turns.
  7. Completing simple patterns
  8. Maintaining attention to activities until they are completed.

Books and Apps

Every two weeks I will share books and apps that reinforce skills were are working on at school. If you have favorite apps or books e-mail me and I can share them with everyone.
  1. It's Fall by Linda Glaser
  2. Writing Wizard is an app the will work on letter formations
  3. Connect the Dots is an app that addresses letter and number order while connecting dots to make a picture.
  4. Ten Apples Up On Top is a book that addresses counting with apples.


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.
  1. Use the attached activities in the e-mail to expand on skills we have learned during the two weeks.
  2. Go on a walk outside. Collect leaves or make a big pile of them to jump in. Note changes you see to your child comparing fall vs. summer. Have your child tell you what they observe.
  3. Make apple pie or pumpkin cookies with your child. There are many simple and child friendly recipes on the Web.
  4. Draw pictures of leaves with your child and color them. The children can also help you cut out the leaves.
  5. Find pictures in magazines, the newspaper,etc. for the letter C. Send the pictures to school for us to put on our letter board.

Reminders

  1. All field trip forms are due by Thursday, 10/3. Checks are made payable to Brooks School Elementary.
  2. Please return all parent/teacher conference schedule forms. I want to be able to tell you your times by Monday, 10/7. I look forward to meeting with you all. Thank you!