Preschool Press

12/1/14-12/18/14

Gingerbread

We hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend with friends and family. BIG thanks to everyone who donated food items to the Hamilton County Food Pantry! Also thank you for contributing fruit for our fruit salad. We were happy to share it with our friends in Ms. Jen's class!
During the next few weeks we will focus on the story The Gingerbread Man and different holidays during this time of year. If you have a favorite family tradition you would like to share please write it in your child's daily binder or send Ms. Becky an e-mail.
During the story of the Gingerbread Man group participation will be encouraged as we say the repetitive phrasing of the story and act out the story. Reading comprehension will be focused on as we ask children what happened in the story. We will use concepts of first, last, beginning, middle, and end to assist the children in organizing their understanding of the story. We will also play with gingerbread houses to practice numerical order.
Have a great few weeks!

Ms. Stephie's Speech Spot

Hello EC Speech Families and welcome to winter! I hope you all had a relaxing and restful break and spent some quality time with loved ones. The next theme will take us all the way to holiday break and will be all things gingerbread. Activities will incorporate books, games, art projects, and cooperative learning by providing opportunities to share, take turns, and interact with our teachers and peers. I will be using various gingerbread people to practice skills including but not limited to sequencing, counting, matching, number sense/quantity, pronouns, action words, and descriptive vocabulary. Other targeted concepts will include positional words, same/different, small/medium/large, hot/cold, and body parts/functions. As always, activities will continue to focus on following/ recalling directions, speech sound production, concept and vocabulary development, and social language skills. Remember to check your child's daily folder on speech days for specifics regarding activities so you can talk about them with your child. I will also be sending home some suggestions the week of Dec.15th to enhance speech and language skills over holiday break so be on the lookout for those. Finally, just to let you know, my daughter is having surgery over holiday break and there is a strong possibility I will be out the week we return (week of January 5th). It will all depend on how her procedure goes and how she is feeling. I will certainly keep you posted if I plan on needing more time. In the meantime, stay safe and warm and spend time talking with your child...any activity can be a speech and language learning opportunity. Take care.

Home Activities

As we work on a variety of skills during the next few 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.
  • As you read stories with your children ask them questions about what happened first, last, beginning, middle and end of the story. Model for them answers if the need help answering.
  • Encourage your child to give at least 3 details of the pages as you read stories. Answering "wh" questions will also encourage them to give details about the story.
  • Visit the Gingerbread Village at Conner Prairie.

    Gingerbread Village

    November 28-January 4
    Included with paid general admission
    FREE for members

    View all the amazing gingerbread entries from our Gingerbread House competition as you stroll the neighborhood of creative structures.
  • Make gingerbread cookies or a gingerbread house and decorate them.
  • Act out the story of the gingerbread man. Assign roles to different family members.
  • Visit starfall.com and practice the letters K and L. When you first get to the website, look to your right and you will see a gingerbread man. Click on him and you can decorate him and then see him move about while saying," Run, Run as fast as you can. You can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread man!"
  • Practice putting numbers 1-10 and letters A-Z in order. As you do this activity with your child you can practice labeling the letters and numbers.

Reminders

  1. No school due to Winter Break from 12/19/14-1/5/15. We look forward to school resuming on Tuesday, 1/6/15.