Preschool Press

12/9/13-12/19/13

Kindness, Respect and Family

Gingerbread Man was a fun theme. The children incorporated parts of the story in their play throughout the week. Children acted out the story, getting to chase the Gingerbread Man aka Ms. Ronny. :-)
During the next two weeks we will focus on holidays and family traditions. We will encourage kindness, manners and respect as we read the book Jingle Bells and learn traditions from around the world. Send to school or e-mail me favorite family traditions in your family. They do not need to be holiday related or take place in the winter. An annual family trip in the summer would be fun to share. Any pictures you can share would be great, visuals are helpful with the children explaining activities. You can e-mail me pictures too.
Have a great two weeks and Happy Holidays!


Weekly Skills

During the next few 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 Holidays/Family Traditions theme.
  1. We will review letters A-G. We want the children to label letters Aa-Gg.
  2. Taking turns
  3. Naming actions from pictures or stories.
  4. Sequences actions
  5. Uses words to express family relationships
  6. Pretend play/demonstrating different roles in play
  7. Expressing feelings, wants and needs.
  8. Makes collections of objects smaller/larger.
  9. Counting objects
  10. Labeling numbers 1-10.


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 activities in the e-mail to reinforce activities and skills we have done throughout the two weeks.
  2. Visit the website of Indy's Child Magazine to find local happenings and other information for around the area. Coming up next weekend begins the 12 Free Days of Downtown Indy!
http://www.indyschild.com
3. Use attached recipe in the e-mail to make Peppermint Playdough.
4. Make a snowman. Encourage sequencing as you build. What will you do first, last, etc?
5. Visit the local library for books on various winter topics. Winter animals is always one of my favorite.
6. As you drive different places for the holidays use the enclosed car ride checklist to help keep your child entertained. They need to mark how many of certain items they see on the car ride, i.e, holiday lights, snowmen, wreaths, etc. They can mark by making a tally mark, shape or can place a sticker next to the picture. At the end of your car ride count how many things you saw. Have fun along the way looking with your child and pointing them out.
7. Have fun with all your wonderful family traditions throughout the year!

Reminders

  1. Winter Break is 12/23-1/6. We will return to school Tuesday, 1/7. We hope everyone has a great Winter Break!
  2. Our holiday parties will be on Thursday, 12/19. Room Parents are hard at work putting together ideas. Big thanks to all of them! More information to come soon!