November 2014- January 2015
C1 has become more comfortable with our routines. They are hanging up their coats and book bags, finding their clothespin names, writing their name daily, finding their name on their sit upon, and responding to our transition songs and cues. Many friendships have formed, as they are getting to know each other. We are practicing the flip method to get our coats on before we go outside. Ask your child to show you how he or she can put on their coat all by themselves. A lot of progress toward independence is occurring.
The sensory table is a popular activity in Room C. Sometimes there is sand, water, pellets, rice, corn, dirt, or goop to touch. The children enjoy manipulating and pouring at this area. There are many benefits to this table. They are exploring and experimenting with the varied materials. Communication, cooperation, negotiation, and sharing are skills are gained through play at this table. It is a table where their senses are enhanced. They are using their imaginations and making connections with their friends. Playing and learning go hand in hand through these activities.
During the early part of November, we will be learning about Thailand. This country is being explored this year during our International Week. We will be learning about Thailand through books and art. We will be learning about elephants, their houses on stilts, and their colorful festive wear.
Thanksgiving is a big part of November. Turkeys, Native Americans, and Pilgrims will be read about and shown in their art. The entire preschool will be enjoying a feast together. Each child will contribute a feather to the turkey stating their thankfulness.
December is a busy month for everyone, but it is especially busy at Goshen Friends. Items will be gathered and brought into school for needy families for Goshen Giving. This is a wonderful way to extend a helping hand. Your generosity is very much appreciated by those at the Kanner Center. Your children will also be busy learning about three holidays in this month. We will learn about the traditions associated with Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. We will also be making a surprise for Mommy and Daddy. Our holiday concert also occurs in this month. We will be practicing to prepare for this event.
December 17- program at 10:30 December 18- Party – Thank you to our parent helpers for the party.
January is a cold month. Please remember to put hats and mittens in your child’s school bag. We go outside in the snow, so boots are needed. One of the themes for this month is Winter. We will be learning about winter weather, warm clothes for winter, and animal adaptations. The Martin Luther King holiday occurs in this month. We will be observing it through a day of service. Come and join us on January 19 and reach out to the greater community. Let’s all work together and make a difference. The end of the month is devoted to Puerto Rico. This is a territory that we will explore further during International Week. We will be learning about the Puerto Rican culture through the artwork of the children and books will be read about Puerto Rico. We will be learning about the beaches and animals.
The entire preschool plans to take a trip to Jumpers. This will enable each child to run, jump, and climb in an indoor area. Many times it is too cold to go outside. This provides a warm and dry place for large motor play.
Please check the schedule for your child’s Special Day.
Joyce and Karen
Link to classroom photos on Flickr.
Opportunities to lead are abundant and Goshen students are encouraged to embrace these opportunities. Students who learn leadership skills early in their academic careers grow to be confident and compassionate leaders.