Preschool Press

January 21-31, 2013

Classroom Fun

Community helpers theme was fun and learning filled. We talked about firefighters, police officers, artists and chefs to name just a few of our community helpers. The children loved their chef hats and made many playdough cakes with crayons as candles. "Happy Birthday" was a favorite song.
During the next two weeks our theme will be Winter. We will discuss the season winter and the different things we observe during this time of year. Snowmen building, independently putting on winter clothes and creating ice experiments are just a few of the activities will be involved with during the two weeks.

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 of winter.
  1. Print Awareness
  2. Letters Qq and Rr
  3. Number 8
  4. Concepts: Sequencing, Long vs. Short and More/Less
  5. Cooperative Play
  6. Polite Words
  7. Answering a variety of "wh" questions using at least 2 details
  8. Labeling numbers 1-8 and capitol letters A-R
  9. Beginning to label lowercase letters and identify letter sounds.

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 handouts in the e-mail to work on letters Qq and Rr and number 8. Please send to school pictures of objects that start with letters Qq and Rr.
  2. Make a snowman outside. Make sure to dress in the appropriate winter clothes. Encourage children to dress themselves as much as possible. If it doesn't snow build a snowman inside using white trash bags and newspaper.
  3. Use the attached recipe in the e-mail to make Snowdough. Practice making numbers, shapes and capitol and lowercase letters with you snowdough.
  4. Create a winter story with your family. Everyone takes a turn to add details to the story. Write down what is said and explain to your child what you are doing as you are writing. Have them help illustrate the story to create the finished product.
  5. Bundle up and go on a winter walk. What signs of winter do you see as you walk?


  1. Wednesday, 2/6 is a Late Start Day. There will be no AM Class.
  2. Our Valentine's Day party will be on Thursday, 2/14. More information to come later!
  3. If there is a 2-hour weather delay there will be no early childhood classes for that day.

Community Activities

1. Family Fun at the Palladium
The children are invited to sit among the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and hear excerpts of classics. Following the interactive concert, children can participate in an instrument petting zoo.
When: Sunday, 2/3
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: The Palladium at the Center of the Performing Arts in Carmel
Price: See website

2. Monday, 2/18 is President's Day. We will not have school this day. Connor Praire however is open and it is free!

3. Hamilton East Public Library wants to make sure all children are prepared for a lifetime of reading and have created the 1,000 books before kindergarten program. If you are interested in learning more about this program visit their website at

** Also check out the winter reading program that they will have starting 2/1. This is similar to their summer reading program. There will be prizes during the month.
Happy reading!

4. March 1st starts registration for Fishers Parks and Recreation summer camps. These camps can fill up quickly. If you are interested visit their website at
This website will also give you information about other programs they have going on currently.

Registration for baseball, softball, soccer, 7v7 football, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby, tennis and track and field will take place from January 1 to January 31. Registration forms and online registration will be available on January 1. The forms will be available on this website, at all HSE schools, the Fishers Library and the S.P.O.R.T.S. office. Parents registering online can pay online with a credit card for a small convenience fee or can print the form and submit it to the S.P.O.R.T.S. office with cash or check payment (credit cards are not taken in the office).

For more ideas about other community events you can visit