September has swept by forging a sense of community. This important foundation will serve the class and build throughout the rest of the school year.
With October comes the opportunity to observe the change in seasons and ourselves. Fall is full of exciting activities and beauty as the autumn foliage unfolds with colors and the air feels crisp. The kindergarten class will kick-off the season by participating in Friendship Day on October 3RD. . The Fredrick Douglas School will visit our campus, and together we will play games and make new friends. We will follow up by keeping in touch with our new kindergarten friends from our partner school. This experience comes together nicely with our September focus of creating lasting connections and forging of friendships.
Further, fall is a time to embrace and observe our surroundings, enjoying the beauty the environment around us. We will study birds, squirrels, and other animals; we will learn about trees and the harvest. We will make our own book about fall and learn poems that represent the season. Along with drawing and painting outside, nature walks will support observation skills and mindfulness. These experiences will be in small groups to encourage working together and understanding each other’s ideas. Our trip and hayride to Sugartown is unique and threads together fall and all it’s abundance. All are invited to join us for the hayride and pumpkin picking.
For our Community Care Project the class will collect and draw leaves to make placemats for Bellingham. The residents enjoy the children and this gesture of kindness. The care project also illustrates an opportunity for families to reach out and support the West Chester Food Bank. All contributions are appreciated. As for special events, the month will end with Halloween. Young children enjoy the opportunity to dress up and pretend. Support the process and keep in mind guidelines for an appropriate costume for school.
In terms of academics, we will cover the letters Cc, Dd, Ee, and Ff in Language Arts. Our letters and books have started with 100% participation and engagement. Each student’s book is unique and shows individualism. Practicing sounds and the Wilson key words is a valuable tool. Thank you for encouraging your child. In math, we are building our bundles of tens as another avenue of understanding numbers. In our math book the concept of patterns will be established as a frame of reference for future math skills and problem solving.
As the month comes to an end we will look at our progress as a class and community working together. On Thursday, October 13th School Gathering. Everyone is invited to gather in the Meeting House. Our flowers of kindness are growing and so are the children.
Enjoy the season, family and friends.
We embrace stewardship of the environment and community service.