November Pre-K News

November 11-15, 2013

What's New This Week:

Welcome to the online version of the newsletter! This will be a work in progress for me so fingers crossed that this works! :)


This week we have continued to focus on community helpers and Fall activities. For content small groups we have worked on measuring ourselves, talking about community helpers, cutting with scissors, sorting and graphing, comparing numbers and shapes. For literacy small groups we have been working on small group reading and recognizing words, creating a turkey with the letters of our name, talking about food for Thanksgiving and writing community helper words.


Our afternoons have been filled with fun! We have been completing whole group activities that build on the student's learning. We have acted out the familiar story The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The students loved playing the different parts. We also went outside to create cloud paintings and Fall pictures. Tuesday's fun we were able to act out different community helpers by using materials from our classroom. I think this is becoming the favorite part of the day for the kids!


BINGO Night!

Thursday, Nov. 14th, 6pm

1900 Timothy Road

Athens, GA

Grandparents Luncheon

Thursday, Nov. 21st, 11am

1900 Timothy Road

Athens, GA

Germs Everywhere!

Germs and yuckiness are starting to spread everywhere! We are trying to keep all the kiddos healthy by hand washing and sanitizer as well as wiping down the room. Unfortunately kids still get sick so we need your help! Review with your child how to wash their hand and encourage them to scrub them while at home. If your child is sick, there are guidelines for students returning to school. If your child THROWS UP, HAS A FEVER, OR DIARRHEA they have to wait 24 HOURS to return to school. This will helps the germs not to spread. Thanks!!


Activities for home:

Shapes

Our math unit right now is discussing different shapes and their attributes. Encourage your child to classify everyday objects as 2-d shapes (ex: stop sign – octagon, cereal box – rectangle, etc). Thanks for your support at home!

Letter and Number Writing:

Please work on writing the lowercase letters of the alphabet and the numbers 0-9 at home. You can help your child write with pens, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, shaving cream, playdough, etc. Make it fun and enjoy!




Upcoming Events:

November 14- PTA BINGO and Pizza Night

November 7-21- CAN-A-THON! send in cans to help others!

November 21- Grandparent’s Luncheon

November 25-29 Thanksgiving Holidays

November 25- Happy Birthday Windel!

November 27- Happy Birthday Mia!

December 3- Family Science Night

December 6- Safe Routes to School


Cool Weather and Clothing

We will still have an outside time each day during the fall and winter seasons. That also means that cool weather is here and that means lots of jackets, gloves, scarves, etc. PLEASE remember to put your child’s name in ALL of their items of clothing!!! (Also, you may want to send in a warmer change of clothing as well since it is beginning to get a little bit cooler… sometimes accidents happen and we just want to make sure that the students are prepared.)


Internet Fun! Some computer sites and iPad/iPhone Apps

Here are some sites that help your child work on classroom skills.


- http://www.abcya.com/ This is a new one I found. You can click on Kindergarten for good skills.

- http://more.starfall.com/ A classroom favorite!


iPad/iPhone Apps:

Little Writer- The Tracing App for Kids- Little Writer is a tracing app that's done just right. Little Writer is super fun and so easy to use that your kids will think letter tracing is a game vs. a boring chore.

Candy Count-Learn Colors and Numbers-Candy Count provides a fun and interactive way to teach your child colors and numbers.

Sort It Out- Tidying up the nursery has never been more fun. Teach your child about sorting and arranging with this fun, sorting application. This application helps develop conceptualization, visual perception and fine motor skills. With parental assistance it can also develop language skills.