Pre-K News

FEBRUARY 10-14

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

We are so appreciative of everyone that helped with our Valentine's Day Parties this year. We are so thankful for everyone that worked with your kids on writing out their valentines, made or purchased snacks, sent in drinks, made treat bags, created games, came up with a craft, came in to help with the parties, or simply offered to assist if needed! Thank you for helping make Friday a fun time for everyone!

WINTER CAN BE OVER NOW!

This snow and cold weather just won't stop! We continue to see more and more scarves, gloves, boots, and hats. Please help you kids practice getting these items on and off as best they can! We can tell most of them have been practicing. Keep working on getting those coats zipped on their own. Getting one child ready is fairly simple, two is a little tricky, but 20 is more of a challenge! Thanks so much.

OUR CURRENT STUDY IS...

CLOTHES, CLOTHES, CLOTHES! This past week we learned about what special clothes people wear for work. Thank you to the visitors and to the parents that sent clothes and pictures to show the kids. We really appreciate your time and support. We spent the week talking about what people wear to work, and why. Lots of questions and comments were generated from these discussions. Job talks led to "what I want to do when I grow up" conversations. It's so fun for us to see the view of the world from a 3, 4, or 5 year old!


WE WILL BE MAKING A CLASS BOOK ON FRIDAY. PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILD WEAR THEIR FAVORITE SHIRT OR OUTFIT TO SCHOOL THAT DAY. NOTHING FANCY NECESSARY...JUST SOMETHING THAT THEY LIKE. THE KIDS WILL BE TRYING TO DRAW THAT ARTICLE OF CLOTHING FOR OUR BOOK! THANKS!

SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES

JUMPING BEANS: The kids really enjoyed this one. We had a bag with upper and lower case letters in a bag. We also had some picture cards mixed in. We sat in a circle and passed the bag around. One at a time we reached in, pulled out a card, and said what it was. If they didn't know, their friends could help them. If we had a picture card we needed to decide what it started with, and then do something physical like jump three times, spin in a circle, etc.


WHAT WE WANT TO WEAR PHOTO BOOK: We colored pictures of people dressed for their type of job. The kids had to write or ask us to write what they would want to wear to do that job. Some classes made a class book. Some took the papers home that day (at the request of the kids!).


MORE OR FEWER: So fun! We used blocks, dice, and a spinner. First we rolled the dice to get a number. Let's say it was 4. The kids needed to all build their own tower with 4 blocks only. Then we had to spin the spinner. One side said MORE and one side said FEWER. If we landed on MORE, they all had to make another tower with more than 4 blocks. If we landed on FEWER they all had to make another tower with fewer than 4 blocks. They really liked this activity.


STORY PROBLEMS: We used candy hearts as manipulatives to solve some story problems. Of course, the last story problem involved the kids taking some hearts away (eating them) until they were all gone! Kids always love math with snacks!!

BOOKS WE READ

This was another week of re-telling some familiar stories. Llama Llama Red Pajama has become a class favorite! We read the classic Little Red Riding Hood. That story sure has lots to talk about with clothes and changing clothes and who typically wears what kinds of clothes. They kids are very observant! Did you know a wolf should not wear Grandma's clothes? That is just not okay to do!

SONGS AND POEMS

What is My Job? (to the tune of Where is Thumbkin)


What is my job? What is my job?

Can you guess? Can you guess?

I wear a _____________, I wear a _______________.

Can you guess? Can you guess?


This is something you can do anytime with your kids! Just fill in the blank with an article of clothing or accessory that someone uses for a specific job! Try being general by saying "a helmet" or "pair of gloves" and see what job they come up with. Have fun!!

JOLLY PHONICS

The kids are introduced to a sound every week. So far we have learned s, a, t, i, p, n, c, k, e, h, r, m, d, and g. This is a progressive program, building on what we have already learned. There is one part of this program where see what words we can make out of the ones we have learned. They are getting really good at reading the words we put up on the board, AND helping us sound out words we tell them we want to spell. The younger kids may not be at this level, but they are watching and listening and getting some repetitive exposure that will develop into greater skills next year.