Friday, November 16th Today, I had to do a lot of reminding about the classroom rules. Some of our friends chose to talk during circle time and art, which made it difficult for our other friends to listen and learn. I am hoping that Monday will be a better day. Speaking of Monday, that will be our first and last day of school next week, unless your child is in the STEM class. Tuesday will be their last day.
During circle time, we read the story Thanksgiving For Emily Ann. With all the hustle and bustle in preparation for Thanksgiving, Emily Ann feels a little ignored and a little bit sad. But just as Emily Ann prepares to do something naughty, her family comes together to show her what matters most about Thanksgiving: friends and family. Ask your child what Emily Ann was planning on doing (hiding the turkey). We also started to practice the songs for our Christmas program.
Today's Seeds magazine focused on feelings and understanding that feelings are acceptable and natural. "Feelings aren't right or wrong, they just are." We talked about different scenarios and how we would feel. We then discussed the different ways we can handle those feelings. When we're angry, is it ok to hit? What would be a better choice?
We did not have time to go outside today, but we did get to spend some time in the gym. The children chose to play Clean Up Your Yard. We use our listening skills and our counting skills during the game. Each team has to count the balls that were in their "yard", and then we compare. Who had the messiest yard? How many more balls did team A have?
For art, the children made 5 turkeys in a tree. There is a cute poem that is attached to their projects-Five Fat Turkeys. The children had to cut out 5 turkeys. This was great practice for cutting curved lines. They did a super job! You can find the projects hanging in the hallway.
Have a great weekend! Tammy
Wednesday, Nov. 14th Today was all about scarecrows! We read the story There Was An Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. The little old lady deals with a pumpkin head, a black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through the dark woods. Ask your child what happens at the end.We also did a Smart Board activity that went with the book. The children love to participate in the Smart Board activities! For art, we gave the children a piece of paper with a saying on it, and they were asked to make a scarecrow on the paper. We will be making a classroom book using the children's artwork.
Our letter of the week is Vv. We made a list of all of the Vv words we know. The children also used a V to make a vase with flowers.
For music, Mrs. Gorr had the children practice their songs for the Christmas concert.
I forgot to mention in Monday's update that we picked our parts for "The Friendly Beast" program. Ask your child if they remember their part. There are no speaking parts, just the costumes that they will be wearing.
Ruby is our Shining Star for the week. We learned that Ruby likes Nutella on her french toast, her favorite animal is the elephant, and she enjoys ice fishing. Thanks for sharing, Ruby!
Have a great day! Tammy
Monday, November 12th We had a busy day today! With yesterday being Veterans Day, we talked about what a soldier is and why they are important in our lives. We read the online book Thank You To Veterans! I asked the children if they know any veterans. One child said his grandfather was a veteran. We talked about the importance of thanking veterans for their service. The children learned a new song about veterans, Thank You. For art, the children made soldiers. You will find them hanging in the hall. The children also made turkeys during arrival time. The turkeys are hanging in the art room. Adorable!
Outside, the children made snow angels, played Duck, Duck, Gray Duck. They also tried to make snow people. Unfortunately, the snow was not sticky enough.
Mrs. Stavos read the story Arthur's Thanksgiving during Library. The Thanksgiving play was in danger of being cancelled because no one wanted to play the part of the turkey. Ask your child what happened at the end of the story.
Have a great day! Tammy
Wednesday, November 7th Today was another mixed-up day. We started our morning with pictures. The children waited patiently for their turn to "smile". After all that waiting, we were ready for some movement! We danced to Go Noodle and we learned some new dance moves. Ask your child to show you his/her new moves! We then went to the art room where some of our friends made police cars and the others made ambulances. After art, we went outside for some fresh air. It was quite chilly! For music, Mrs. Gorr brought some jingle bells for the children to use with the song they are learning for the Christmas concert. We do not have many visits with Mrs. Gorr before the concert, so we have to start learning our songs in early November. Mrs. Gorr has some special things planned for our preschoolers! I can't wait! During circle time, we did an activity where we had to choose which person didn't belong. For example, I had 4 friends in a group. One child had red hair and the rest had blond. I asked which one is different. They chose the child with red hair. I also made a group where 3 children had shirts that buttoned, and one did not. This was a little more difficult, but a few of our friends figure it out. They had a great time with this activity!
Next week is supposed to be chilly. Please remember to send hats and mittens. Also, if there is snow on the ground, please send your child's boots and snow pants. Thank you!
Reminder, there is no school tomorrow or Friday.
See you at conferences! Tammy
Monday, November 5th Our theme for this week is Community Helpers. We read the story Whose Hat is This? Some workers wear special hats to help them do their jobs. The children were given clues and had to guess who the hat belongs to. We also did a Smart Board activity where the students were asked to sort tools used by different community helpers. They did a super job! We also discussed the purpose of the tools.
During art, the children were asked to draw a picture of their friend, Ruby. We talked about Ruby's hair (the color, style, and length), her eye color, and what she was wearing. When they were finished drawing a picture of their friend, they were asked to write her name. We will be doing this for each of our friends.
The playground was too wet to play on, so we went for a walk outside. We looked at the statues and the beautiful stained glass windows.
During choice time, the children used colanders and feathers to make turkeys, used cray pas to color turkeys at the easel, practiced writing their letters, and some of our friends performed a puppet show! We have a very creative bunch!
Today we celebrated Ruby's 5th birthday. Ruby gave her friends a treat bag, which you will find in your child's backpack. Happy Birthday, Ruby!
Take care, Tammy
Friday, November 2nd Today was a mixed-up kind of day. Instead of going outside and to the gym, we visited the kindergarten classroom. Before our visit, we read the book Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! Henry is so excited for his first day of kindergarten, but when he gets to school, he’s not so sure he’s ready. After a few minutes in the classroom, he soon discovers how fun it will be. We talked about our own feelings about kindergarten. Many of our friends are excited!
During our brief visit to the kindergarten room, we listened to a story and then played a game of Bingo with our kindergarten friends. Visit the Shutterfly site to see pictures from our classroom visit. Ms. Schneider was very impressed with how well the preschoolers listened. They are a wonderful group!
During art we made a house using an uppercase H. The houses will be hanging in the hallway.
Max shared his Vikings football and Avengers puzzle with us, and Paxton shared his Transformer. Thanks, Max and Paxton!
Have a great weekend! Tammy
Wednesday, October 31st Happy Halloween! The children looked so adorable in their costumes! We had some scary skeletons, pretty princesses, and super heroes. During circle time, we read Happy Halloween, Stinky Face! "Stinky Face" imagines all the things that could go wrong while trick-or-treating. His mother reassures him that everything will be ok. The children thought it was so silly! We also did some fun flannel board stories with black cats and ghosts.
Our Halloween Party began with a parade around the school. Then we rotated between 4 stations-Ghost Toss/Eye Ball Carry, Musical Pumpkins, Bingo, and Monster Memory on the Smart Board. We ended the party with a special snack-SPIDERS!!! Ask your child how we made the spiders.
Tonight is the special Halloween Mass at 5:00. There will be a free family meal following the 35 minute mass. What a great way to start Halloween night!
This Friday we will have our Pre-K Step-Up Day. The students will get a chance to spend some time with Mrs. Schneider and our kindergartners. They will be getting a sneak peek into what a morning of kindergarten entails. The preschoolers will spend about 20 minutes in the Kindergarten classroom. We will be doing another Step-Up day in January.
The Shutterfly site has been updated.
Have a fun and safe Halloween!!! Tammy
Monday, October 29th Congratulations to the Simons, who welcomed a baby girl to their family. Charlie shared a few photos of his family with his new sister. We all agreed that his baby sister is adorable! Charlie is a proud big brother.
This week we will be focusing on the letter H, the number 7, and the crescent shape. We made a list of Hh words. It's a small list, but as the week goes on, I am sure there will be many more words added. We read the book Haunted House, Haunted Mouse. The children quickly pointed out that the letter H was in the title a number of times. They also noted that the title rhymes. In the story, the mouse ends up in a bag of candy. This led to a discussion about their favorite Halloween candy. For art, they drew a picture of their favorite candy in their journals. Lollipops seem to be a huge hit!
We made another graph today. Today's question was "Which Character is the Scariest?" Their choices were a witch, a monster, and a vampire. The vampire was voted the scariest. The least scary was the monster. I like to do graphs with the children because it helps them understand mathematical concepts such as sorting, organizing, counting, comparing, and analyzing.
Devyn is our Shining Star this week. Today we learned that Devyn likes going to Valleyfair, her favorite food is pasta, and she has 3 older sisters that she likes to play with. Devyn also shared with us her favorite Peppa Pig book and her cute puppy, Sprinkles. Thanks for sharing, Devyn! Libby also shared today. Libby shared her American Girl doll and her crown. Thank you, Libby!
Just a reminder that we do go outside every day. Please remember to send mittens and hats. Thanks! Tammy
Friday, October 26th We can't have Pp week without making pizza! During arrival time, the children made their own pizzas for snack. The children spread pizza sauce onto an English muffin, and then sprinkled cheese on top. Mrs. Schmitz took the pizzas to the kitchen to bake. They were ready just in time for snack. Yum!!! We also made pizzas for art.
During circle time, I introduced the Lord's Prayer (TheOur Father ). Next week, we will break it down into small parts so the children can understand what it truly means. We also watched a dramatic narration of the story The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza. Little Red Hen wanted to make a pizza. She asked her animal friends if they would help her. They said "no." But when the pizza was finished, she asked if they wanted to help her eat the pizza. Of course, they said "yes." They ate together, and when they were done, Little Red Hen asked her friends if they would help her wash the dishes. They all said "yes". This led to a discussion about being a good friend.
We were unable to go outside today, so we used that time to dance to a fun Halloween movement song. We were stomping monsters, crawling spiders, howling wolves, and floating ghosts. What fun! We also had fun with bean bags-we did the Bean Bag Boogie and played "Who Has the Bean Bag?" This is a great way to shake our sillies out!
Our Seeds lesson today was about Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus was a blind beggar who asked Jesus to have pity on him. Jesus healed Bartimaeus and told him "your eyes are healed because of your faith." We talked about our sight, and did an activity in our Seeds magazine where we had to use our eyes to find the differences between two pictures. The children did a great job!
Today was Harrison's share day. He shared a very special book with his friends. It was a Nativity book that was narrated by his grandparents. How special! He also shared a Transformer. Thanks for sharing, Harrison!
If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, tomorrow is the Handmade Market from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tomorrow afternoon is the Trunk-or-Treat event in the church parking lot from 3:30 p.m.-4:30.
Have a great weekend! Tammy
Wednesday, October 24th The children had a fun day! Our arrival activity was sorting Frankenstein, ghost, and pumpkin shapes and then graphing our results. During circle time, we read the story Ten Timid Ghosts. Ten ghosts lived in a haunted house, but a witch wanted to move in, so she scared the timid ghosts, one by one, until the house was ghost-free. Ask your child how the ghosts were able to get their house back. We then went over to the art room where the children made scary Frankensteins. You will find them hanging in the windows and on the entryway doors. After art, we headed upstairs to the STEM lab to meet our 7th grade buddies for our first Buddy Day. The children broke off into small groups. Each group was led by a 7th grade buddy. The challenge was to build a haunted house using linking cubes. They were given spiders, pumpkins, creepy crawlies, and ghosts to decorate their haunted houses. They did a super job working in teams! I will post photos of the Buddy Day fun.
Tonight is our Halloween Craft Night from 6-7 p.m. Doors will open at 5:55 p.m. I hope to see you all there!
Monday, October 22nd Welcome back! I hope everyone had a nice MEA break. The children must have been very busy over break. We had a lot of tired kiddos today.
During arrival time, the children played with orange play dough on monster mats, played dress-up with the costumes in the dramatic play area, and used Halloween stampers. The children really enjoy building with the small legos, too! I am seeing a lot of creative vehicles, houses, etc.!
For circle time, we read the book The Pumpkin Patch. Ask your child what the little girl in the story did with her pumpkin. (hint...it's something yummy!) We talked about the different sizes and shapes of pumpkins and the children talked about what type of jack-o'-lanterns they want to have at home. We also talked about the letter Pp. For art, the children made jack-o'-lanterns. There were silly ones, scary ones, and angry ones. They are hanging in the art room.
Bo is our Shining Star this week. We learned that Bo likes spaghetti, his favorite color is orange, and he likes to wrestle and go camping. Thanks for sharing, Bo!
We will be going outside everyday, unless it is raining or too cold, so please send a hat, mittens, and a winter coat to school with your child. Thank you!
Have a great day! Tammy
Monday, October 15th Today was a great day! We started the day creating with Legos, painting paper pumpkins, and making a tent in the Dramatic Play center.
During circle time, we read the book The Big Pumpkin which tells the story of a witch who has grown the biggest pumpkin ever and now wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. The pumpkin is so big that she can't get it off the vine. The story teaches about the need for help from others, the joy of sharing and that everyone-no matter how small- has something to offer. Ask your child who helped the witch get the pumpkin off the vine. We also talked about the letter P and made a list of P words. It was a very impressive list of words! We wrapped up circle time by dancing to the song "If You're A Kid-the Halloween Version". The children absolutely love our movement time!
For art, the children did a fun and exciting process-art activity-Pumpkin Salt Painting. They traced a paper pumpkin with glue and sprinkled a layer of salt over the glue. They then used watercolor paints to gently color the salt. They turned out great!
I'd like to remind you that we do not have school on Wednesday and Friday of this week. There is also no Clubhouse on those days.
Have a great week! Tammy
Friday, October 12th During arrival time, the children continued to explore the pop-up fire trucks and firefighter gear. They also had a chance to build with play dough and craft sticks. One of our students made a porcupine. You can see it on the Shutterfly site. So creative!
We wrapped up our Fire Safety week by reviewing some of the safety rules. We also wrapped up our letter Ff by making a frog using an uppercase F. They are adorable! The children practiced writing the letter Ff and played a search-and-find game on the Smart Board. They had to find all of the uppercase and lowercase F's.
We were finally able to spend some time outside on the playground. This play time allows the children to burn off energy, improve gross motor skills and is also a wonderful opportunity for social development. The children have a chance to invite others to play, learn to take turns, and just have fun together.
If you are an SWS graduate, please join us tomorrow for the All School Reunion. For more info, visit the SWS Facebook page. I hope to see you there!
Have a wonderful weekend! Tammy
Wednesday, October 10th A big "Thank You" to Bob Connelly and Paul Tupy for coming to visit us at SWS today! We learned that under every firefighter mask there is a friendly firefighter. Bob and Paul showed us their gear and answered lots of our questions. We went outside and got to check out the equipment on the fire trucks. The highlight of our day was going for a ride around the block in the fire truck! We gave the firefighters a thank you note letting them know we are grateful to them for keeping us safe.
During circle time, we watched a short Fire Safety video starring Sparky, the fire dog. Sparky talked about ways we can stay safe when there's a fire. If there's smoke, "stay low and go!" If your clothes are on fire, "Stop! Drop! and Roll!" I asked the children where they are to meet their families in case of a fire. I was happy to see that many of the children know where to go when there is a fire. In their journals, the children picked a fire safety rule and drew a picture relating to that rule.
Tomorrow evening is the SWS STEM Night. This is a wonderful chance for your child to create, experiment, and learn new things! STEM Night begins at 6:00 p.m., but you can come anytime between 6-7:30 p.m. I hope to see you there!
Book orders are due this Friday, October 12th.
Have a great night! Tammy
Monday, October 8th This week is National Fire Prevention Week. Our activities this week are focusing on fire safety.
During arrival time, the children enjoyed the play fire trucks, hats, coats and equipment in the dramatic play area. They also had a chance to "put out a fire" by spraying flame letters and numbers with spray bottles at the sensory table. The children painted paper plates red. We will turn the plates into firefighter hats.
For art, the children made fire trucks. We talked about the different shapes that we were using to create the trucks. The children cut out 4 circles for the tires. They did a great job! Look for the fire trucks in your child's folder.
During circle time, we read the book No Dragons For Tea. It tells the story of a little girl who befriends a dragon and invites him over for tea. The dragon sneezes, and starts a fire in the house. One of the many important messages emphasized in the book is "Don't Hide-Go Outside." We also talked about never entering the house once you are out. Things can be replaced, but there is only one you! We discussed what to do if your clothes are on fire. "Stop, Drop and Roll!" After discussing it, we put it into practice. The children did a super job! We also practiced crawling under the "smoke".
Your child's "homework" is to talk to mom and dad about a fire evacuation plan for the family. Where would you plan to meet if there were a fire in your home? We will discuss our plans on Wednesday.
Stay dry! Tammy
Friday, October 5th During circle time, we read the book Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss. (We're even making our own classroom Apples On Top book!) When the book is finished, I will place it on the arrival table so you can take a look.
The gym was being used for the Marathon Prize Rally, so we decided to use that time to take a tour of the school. Because the K-8 students were all in the gym for the rally, we had the school to ourselves! The students saw the Principal's office, Mrs. Gorr's music room, the STEM lab (which they thought was cool!), and we took a tour of the 4th grade classroom. They were excited because they noticed the 4th graders had a classroom fish.
In our SEEDS magazine, we learned that Jesus is our friend. Jesus cares for everyone, even those who others leave out.
We celebrated Paxton's 5th birthday today. Happy Birthday, Paxton! You will find a treat in your child's backpack from Paxton.
Charlie and Collin brought Sharing today. Charlie shared a video of himself shooting his bow and arrow. The children thought that was pretty neat! Collin shared his walkie-talkie and a monster truck. So cool!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Tammy
Wednesday, October 3rd Another great day in Pre-K!
During arrival time, the children had a chance to hammer tees into pumpkins. They thought that was pretty cool! Some children played at the sensory table with shaving cream and blocks. The shaving cream held the blocks together so we had some pretty amazing towers! Others chose to make apple prints while others played some folder games-color matching, letter matching, etc.
During circle time, I cut an apple in half and we talked about the different parts of an apple-seeds, stem, leaf, and skin. We also talked about the changes that an apple tree goes through during the 4 seasons. During the winter, the tree is "bare". Ask your child to tell you what bare means. We also played some fun apple games on the smart board. We did apple patterns, counted the number of apples on a tree, and other fun games! We also made a list of Aa words. They noticed right away that apple begins with A!
We decided to go on a nature walk today, because the playground was too wet. We were looking for signs of fall. We saw colored leaves, an almost bare tree, a pumpkin on a porch, and leaves on the ground. We also watched the clouds move. The children noticed that the clouds that were "way up high" were not moving, but the clouds below them were moving pretty quickly. They were very observant!
Mrs. Gorr brought a tambourine for the children to play, and some sand blocks. They rubbed the sand blocks together to make the sound of a train while they sang the "Engine, Engine, Number 9" song. They love getting to play the different instruments that Mrs. Gorr brings!
For snack, the children had applesauce. They loved it!
Have a great afternoon! Tammy
Monday, October 1st This week our theme is All About Apples. During circle time, we read the story The Biggest Apple Ever! We also watched a 90-second video about the life cycle of an apple. We discussed the different types of apples. We took a vote to see what color of apple was the best. The red apple won by a landslide! We also measured ourselves using paper apples. The children were asked to write on the chart how many apples tall they were. The tallest child was 18 apples tall. Wow! The chart is hanging in the entryway.
During art, the children made a booklet about the life cycle of an apple. You will find the booklet in your child's folder.
We were unable to go outside due to the rain, but we did get to dance to Go Noodle. They really enjoy learning the new dance moves!
Harrison is our Shining Star this week. We had fun learning all about Harrison and his favorite things!
It was so nice to see many of you at the Marathon on Saturday. Thank you for coming! Thank you, also, to everyone for turning in your marathon money. We truly appreciate it!!! If you are done with your Marathon envelope, you can just keep it at home.
I'd like to remind those of you with toddlers (2-3 year olds) that tomorrow night is our Toddler Night from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. We hope you can make it! If you have any friends with toddlers, please let them know about it. The more the merrier!
Stay warm! Tammy
Friday, September 28th Happy Friday! We had a great day today! We reviewed what we have learned about fall-the colors, smells, holidays, etc. We read the story Fall Mixed Up! Fall is all mixed up in this silly book. The children had fun finding the mistakes in the words and pictures.
For art, the children made tractors out of an uppercase T. The children did a wonderful job following directions. The projects will be hanging in the hallway.
We played a new game in gym today-Monkeys and Bananas. It is a tag game with a twist. The tagger's (monkey's) goal is to tag as many people as he/she can turning them into bananas. The runners try to avoid being tagged and to help peel those who have been turned into a banana. They had so much fun trying to "peel" their friends!
Tomorrow is the SWS Marathon. Check-in begins at 8:15 in the PAC. Please enter through the west side doors. There will be a table designated for preschool check-in. Don't forget to grab your goody bag! There will doughnuts, hot dogs, and water provided. I hope to see you there!
I would like to remind you that there is a tab on the Weebly page that has a list of upcoming events under the PreK A tab. Please check it out. Thanks!
Have a wonderful weekend! Tammy
Wednesday, September 26th I was very impressed with how many students remembered to bring in the leaves that I asked them to collect. I hope they had fun gathering their leaves! During circle time, I showed the children the leaves that were brought in. We talked about the different shapes and colors of the leaves. One of our friends even brought in some acorns he found. They thought that was pretty neat!
Mrs. Gorr came today. The children sang the Pie Song, which they seem to really enjoy. They kept asking her to sing it again. Perhaps they can sing it for you at home. They also had the opportunity to play maracas.
The children did journaling today. They were asked to draw a picture of their favorite food, and then they had to write it. At this time, Mrs. Schmitz and I write the word for them, and they copy it. Eventually, we will ask them to try and sound out the word.
The children had a lot of energy today! We had to spend some time at the end of the day going over the classroom rules. I love that the children want to share, we just need to work on remembering to wait our turn and not talk over the teacher or our friends.
I'd like to remind you that the preschool doors are not open until 7:55, and we lock the doors at 8:10. If you arrive later than 8:10, please enter through the front doors. Thank you!
Monday, September 24th Our theme this week is Fall. We will also focus on the letter T, the circle shape, and the number 3.
We read the story I Know It's Autumn. We talked about the different signs of fall-apples, cooler weather, colored leaves, etc. We also danced to a fun video. We pretended to be falling leaves, and then pretended to rake the leaves into a big pile and JUMP in! So fun!
The children had fun playing at the sensory table. It was filled with oatmeal, and then we added pine cones for trees, cardboard tubes for fallen trees, and woodland critters. It's fun to see the children using their imaginations.
In art, the children did a tree project. They painted a tree trunk, and then tore colored paper for their leaves. Tearing paper is a great fine-motor activity for preschoolers.
During circle time, we read the final name explanations. We learned that one of our friends was named after a hockey player, and two others were named after family members. I really enjoyed hearing about all of my friends. So interesting! Thank you for the explanations.
I assigned your children some "homework". They are to bring in some leaves from their yard or neighborhood. We will be talking about the different trees and their leaves. Thank you for your help with this!
Have a great day! Tammy
Wednesday, September 19th We had some excitement in the classroom today! A butterfly emerged from its chrysalis. So exciting!
Thank you for sending in the reasons for choosing your child's name. I could see the pride in the children's faces as we talked about their name. They also enjoyed learning about their friends' names. We found out that a lot of our friends were named after relatives. If you did not get a chance to send your reason in, you can send it on Friday and we will talk about it then.
During arrival time, the children had a chance to practice writing their names in shaving cream. Another arrival choice was to create a picture using only rectangles. We also made a name graph during arrival time. There will be a picture of the name graph on the Shutterfly site.
During circle time, we read the story Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker. Lacey loves to talk and talk. One day, Lacey wakes up and her voice is gone! She learned some interesting things when she talked less, and listened more. She was able to finish her breakfast, finish her homework, and she realized that her friend was actually quite funny and had interesting stories. She was too busy talking before to notice! This led to a discussion about when it's ok to talk, and when we should listen.
Today in music, Mrs. Gorr introduced rhythm sticks. The students did a wonderful job of listening to Mrs. Gorr! We did a page in our journals today. The topic was "My Friend at School". They drew a picture of their friend and then wrote their friend's name. I was pleased to see that everyone was able to name a new friend!
Have a great day! Tammy
Monday, September 17th This week's theme is My Name. I introduced the theme by reading the book Chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemum loved her name, until her classmates started to tease her about it. Ask your child what happened at the end. I gave the children a job to do. They are to ask mom and dad why they chose their name. I explained to the children that we named our son Edward Richard after his grandfathers. Please take a moment to write a short explanation that your child can share with his/her classmates. Thanks!
This week we will be learning about the shape-rectangle. The children learned that a rectangle has two long sides and two short sides. That is what makes it different from a square. We then played some fun shape games on the Smart Board. They also practiced writing their names on the Smart Board. So fun!
In your child's folder, you will find a gift from the staff at Little Saints preschool. We hope that your child will consider wearing it to the Dozinky parade on Saturday. You and your child are invited to ride/walk along the float and hand out candy. We hope that you can join us!!!
The iPads were put out today during choice time. Every child had a chance to use one. We do limit the time to 5 minutes. There are age-appropriate educational games that they can choose from.
Have a great day! Tammy
Friday, Septemeber 14th It was a warm one today! Fortunately, we were able to spend some time playing in our air-conditioned gym. The children ran 3 laps around the gym, did some stretching, and then I introduced a new game today. The name of the game is "Clean Up Your Yard". The class was divided into 2 teams. The goal is to have the cleanest "yard". To accomplish this goal, the children throw as many balls across to the opposing team's yard. They seemed to really enjoy the game, and some were very competitive!
During circle time, we read the story Llama, Llama and the Bully Goat. Ll is for llama. We talked about other L words that we know. We also talked more about squares. We saw many squares on our way to the playground. Square ceiling tiles, floor tiles, windows, etc.
The children made llamas in art today. We talked about the different shapes we were using to make the llamas. We had big and little circles, rectangles, squares, and big and little triangles. I was impressed with how well they followed directions, and there were a lot of directions!
The children have been doing a great job of listening. Some of the things we are still working on as a group are making sure we are in our own "bubble space", and when it is ok to talk during circle time.
Next week we will begin sending home the Share bags. Each Friday, 2 children will bring 1-2 items in their Share bag. Share Day is a wonderful time for the children to share something special from home. The children learn to use descriptive language and their friends get to practice their listening skills. Throughout the year, we will see their confidence grow, as they get more comfortable speaking in front of their peers.
Have a wonderful weekend! Tammy
Wednesday, September 12th Today we celebrated Brayson's 5th birthday. Happy Birthday, Brayson! Brayson brought a special treat for his friends. It is in your child's backpack.
During circle time, we read the book My L Book. Little L finds items that begin with the letter L and places them in his box. Ask your child what the lobster did to the lion. Yikes! We also talked about the shape-square. The children learned that a square has four sides, and the sides are all the same length. The children were asked to look around the room and bring a square back to the rug. It was very interesting watching them look around the room for a square. Some brought blocks, some brought books, and others brought square-shaped toys. They did a great job!
Today was our first visit from Mrs. Gorr, the music teacher. The children really enjoyed their time with her! They were able to take turns playing a drum. They pounded out the syllables in their names. How fun is that?! Mrs. Gorr taught the children that the part they were hitting was called a drum head. She said it could also be called a skin. The children thought that was silly. They ended their music time with the song Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.
Our family bulletin board is slowly filling up. If you have not done so, please send a family photo in with your child. The children love to look at the photos and show them to their friends.
Book orders are due this Friday, September 14th. The code is IEIRA.
If you are able to join us on the SWS float for the Dozinky parade, please send in the sheet that was sent home, or send me an email. The more the merrier! Have a great day! Tammy
Monday, September 10th This week's theme is All About Me. We read the book It's Okay to Be Different. This led to a discussion about ways that we are all different-hair color, eye color, likes, dislikes, etc., and that it's okay not to be like everyone else. How boring this world would be if we were all alike! We created an Eye Color Graph and had a discussion about it. For art, the students made mirrors with their reflections, and answered the question "What makes you special?".
The letter of the week is Ll. We talked about the sound that Ll makes, and we brainstormed words that begin with the letter Ll. We had a pretty good sized list!
Last Friday, Ms. McNamara gave us 5 caterpillars to watch in our live garden in our classroom. When we checked on the caterpillars today, we saw that some of the caterpillars were already hanging from the "tent", and one of them was already in the pupal stage. Over the next few weeks we will be watching them turn into Monarch butterflies before we release them.
Today was our first visit to the school library. The children were able to choose a book to bring home. Your child may keep the book for 2 weeks. Your child may return the book at any time during those 2 weeks and place it in the book basket in the entryway.
Have a great day! Tammy
Friday, September 7th Another great day in Pre-K! We were very busy! We started the day with some free play, and then went to Room B for calendar/Circle Time. During Circle Time, we listened to the story How Full is Your Bucket? for Kids. Ask your child what it means to be a bucket filler and a bucket dipper. Our goal is to be bucket fillers.
During art, the children decorated their own buckets and filled them with confetti. We then asked the students what they can do to fill someone's bucket. We had a lot of great answers! You will find these buckets hanging in the hallway.
We were able to spend some time outside on the playground today. It is such a beautiful day! We also spent some time in the gym. We played some fun parachute games! I hope to see many of you at the SWS Parent get-together at Giesenbrau tonight! Tammy
Wednesday, September 5th We had a great day in Pre-K today! The students were excited and eager to play with their new friends!
During arrival time, the children had many activities to choose from, and some of the students chose to do them all! Painting, play dough, making beaded bracelets, rice table, and dramatic play, just to name a few.
The playground equipment was still wet from yesterday's rain, so we decided to go on a nature walk instead. During the walk, we saw the beautiful flowers around the school and the children were shown Mary's Garden. It is a beautiful space located between the church and the school. It can be seen through our preschool windows. We hope to spend some time in this beautiful space!
The students did a wonderful job at snack time! I heard many examples of good manners, chairs were pushed in, and they cleaned their areas. They also waited patiently for their turn in the bathroom.
We read the story Mind Your Manners in School. This led to a discussion on how to be a good friend and a good student in school. We had a lot of great responses! We also talked about some of our classroom rules. We talked about how we might be feeling on the first day of school. Fortunately, they were all feeling pretty excited about school! At the end of the day, I asked the students what their favorite thing about their first day was. The answers are posted in the preschool entryway.
Please check your child's folder for important papers and the Marathon t-shirt. Your child is encouraged to wear the Marathon t-shirt on Fridays, beginning with this Friday.
Thank you for trusting me with your most prized possessions. We are going to have a wonderful year! Tammy
Wednesday, Aug. 29th Good afternoon! I hope most of your questions were answered today during Parent/Child Day. If not, please feel free to email me or Mrs. Busch. If you were unable to attend, you can bring your paperwork and supplies on Wednesday. I can't wait to spend more time with your children! Have a wonderful rest of the week! Tammy
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