Hi Duck Parents,
September was a great month! The kids are starting to get used to the routine and are settling in well. We continue to work on using manners (please and thank you) and our words (not our hands) when we need or want something. We appreciate your reinforcing this with your kids at home too. Thanks!
We will be going outside as often as possible as weather permits. As the weather changes to cooler temperatures please send a jacket to school. Please be sure to label it with your child’s first and last name. We also ask that you avoid sending your child to school in flip flops or shoes that easily slip off. These types of shoes can cause the kids to fall and get hurt. Please send your child to school in regular tennis shoes or sturdy shoes that stay on your child’s feet during active play outside or in PE.
Themes and Activities for October
Shape of the month: Oval
Color of the month: Orange
Fruit of the Spirit: “Self-Control”
Bible Curriculum: “ The Story for Little Ones”
Week 1: Abraham Follows God
Week 2: Joseph Forgives His Brothers
Week 3: God Protects Moses
Week 4: The Ten Commandments
Week 5: Two Believing Men
Books: Nighttime, Night Animals, Night Creatures, Little Owls Day, Little Owls Night
Songs and Finger-plays: 5 Little Owls, I’m a Little Raccoon, Raccoon Song
Table and Sensory Activities: bats in rice, animals sorting
Arts/Crafts: snowy owls, bats at night
Books: Apples, Apple Facts
Songs and Finger-plays: Apple On The Ground, Five Apples, Five Red Apples,
Table and Sensory Activities: apple sorting, colors of an apple, orchard walk
Science/Math: apple sauce making, sinking/floating
Arts/Crafts: apple painting art work, painting an apple
Books: Old MacDonald Felt Story, Little Red Hen, If You Want To Give a Pig A Party,
Songs: Old MacDonald, Farmer in the Dell
Table/ Sensory Activities: farm animals lacing, size matching and sorting, sensory corn and farm animals
Arts/Crafts: curly pig tails, woolly sheep
Fire Safety and Community Helpers
Books: Policeman Small, Emergency, Fire Fire
Songs/Finger-plays: Hurry Hurry Drive the Firetruck, Ten Brave Firefighters, Who are the people in your Neighborhood?
Table/Sensory Activities: community helper sorting and matching, dress the first responders, felt community helpers matching/sorting
Art/Craft: spots on a dog gluing, stoplight colors, fire color squishing
Books: A Pumpkin Prayer, Pumpkin Patch Parable
Songs/Finger-plays: I’m a Little Pumpkin, Have You Ever Seen a Pumpkin,
Table/Sensory Activities: pumpkin size sorting, carving a pumpkin
Science: pumpkin slime, sinking/floating
Arts/Crafts: candy corn hand-prints, gooey pumpkin painting
School Wide News
School portrait days are Tuesday, October 2nd and Wednesday, October 3rd. Please refer to the email sent out last week to find out what day your child will be photographed. If you have more than one student in the program, we will coordinate a time when the siblings can have their pictures taken together. Picture make-up days will be October 9th and 10th.
Farmer’s Market - Thursday, October 4th from 12:45-1:45pm
The PreK and JrK classes have been busy learning about “The Farm” and growing their own plants and vegetables in preparation for our annual Farmer’s Market. In addition, they will have pumpkins, salsa, butter, crafts, and more! All items will be available for a penny (or donation) with proceeds going to Damali, the child that Waterstone Preschool sponsors through Compassion International. It will be a fun, festive time so plan to come a little early for pick up and enjoy all of the wonderful goodies!
Canned Food Drive
Keep those canned and dry food items coming, the last day for the food drive for the Bees, Turtles, Ducks, Chipmunks and Fox classes is October 4th.
Fall Festival at Waterstone
Fall is here! Join our friends at Waterstone Community Church for a free lunch and market of local farmers, artists and creators. Let’s celebrate the season with a hay ride, pumpkin decorating, photo booth bus, petting zoo, crafts and more!
Sunday, October 7 in the West Parking Lot at Waterstone Community Church
Artisan Market: 10am-2:00pm
Lunch & Activities: 11:30-2:00pm
Stop by the pumpkin decorating station and say Hi to the Preschool staff!
October is Dental Health Month and Fire Prevention Week
Changing leaves and cooler weather, autumn is here at Waterstone Preschool! This month is all about dental health for kids and fire prevention week is October 7th-13th. As part of Waterstone’s family enrichment section, included are dental hygiene and fire prevention tips. Please contact the preschool if you would like more information regarding specific resources.
October Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
-Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
Mark Your Calendars!
October 2 and 3
Picture Make-Up Day
October 10 and 11
No School – Jefferson County Fall Break
Fire Truck Visits
October 23 and 24 from 10-11am