Ms. Amy's Class

September 19th - 23rd, 2016

Important Dates to Remember...

  • October is National Down Syndrome month
  • October 1 Step Up walk at the KS Speedway
  • October 1 Curious George will be at Paradise Park
  • October 4 - Conscious Discipline presentation by Jill Molli
  • October 7 - Picture Day
  • October 14 - No school for Professional Development Day for staff
  • October 19/20/21 - No school for Parent Teacher Conferences

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What We Did Last Week...

We continued our friends and family theme. Our anchor book was My Mother is a Baker. We read other friends and family books. Our favorite friend book was a big book about a duck and a polar bear. It was A Splendid Friend Indeed. We continued to read this book and other friends and family books. They did a really great job at helping each other throughout the day and being a "good friend".

What Will Happen This Week....

Our theme this week is body parts. Our anchor book will be I Ain't Gonna Paint no More. This is such a fun book for the students. It introduces rhyming, colors, body parts etc. We will work on identify the different parts of our body. We have some fun activities that we will do during this theme.

Table Time Activities

Monday - Roll play-dough and cut with scissors; good for fine motor skills

Tuesday - Painting cubes - This fine motor painting activity involved color mixing, absorption, solid dissolution, building construction, and the light table! Before the sugar cubes were colored they were dark on the table but the watercolors made them transparent as the sugar absorbed the liquid. The effect made the cubes glow the instant E dropped the color on them! It was mesmerizing!

Thursday - Water Color

Friday - Fine Motor Salt Painting write child’s name in big letters across a sheet of construction paper. Now prepare to make a little bit of a mess Give your child the salt and show them how to sprinkle it all over the glue letters. Make sure that all of your letters are covered completely and once they are, gently pour off the excess salt from your paper. Pour food coloring or liquid water colors into cups…Using pipettes paint each letter

Ideas for Home...

Sensory Play

Sensory play is play that encourages children to use one or more of the senses. Often called “messy play,” sensory play experiences focus on stimulating children’s senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, balance, and movement. Spending time stimulating their senses helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively. žAs parents and caretakers we must let children dive in and experience life from head to toe.

  • Young children rely on sensory input to learn about their environment.

  • Sensory play helps build neural connections that support thought, learning, and creativity.

  • Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine/gross motor skills, problem solving/reasoning, and social interaction.ž

Simple ideas for sensory play include a bucket of soap and water, dry rice with small toys hidden to find, paint with pudding or yogurt etc.

Below are links to further explore sensory play activities.

http://www.learning4kids.net/list-of-sensory-play-ideas/

http://creativewithkids.com/category/activities-and-crafts/sensory-activities/


Simon Says

A good review for body parts ("Simon says touch your knees"). You could change Simon to your name to avoid confusion. When a parent says a sentence without the word "Simon" (e.g. "Touch your knees") then the child shouldn't follow that instruction. If a child makes a mistake s/he has to sit out until the next round

Songs...

Head Shoulders Knees & Toes + More | Nursery Rhymes | Super Simple Songs
Body Parts Song for Kids - This is ME! by ELF Learning - ELF Kids Videos
The Bath Song + More! | Super Simple Songs
Body Parts

Fun with Friends...