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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