Super G A fun Place to be!
Could Spring finally be here? We had an egg hunt and Spring Party to help us feel like it is!
The day before St. Patrick’s day, we all helped to build some traps to try to catch a leprechaun or two. Unfortunately, the leprechauns got the better of us! They made a visit to our classroom on St. Patrick’s Day before school and left a big mess (and some treats) for us.
All of the preschool classes will have a part in the April All-school gathering. We will sing songs that incorporate some of the childrens’ artwork as we welcome spring. We look forward to special presentations during International Week to help us learn more about Guatemala, The Phillippines and South Korea. We are also excited to see some of our artwork on display at the Art Show.
In May we will visit the Elmwood Park Zoo and participate in a short program that will take a look at the five senses and explore how they are used in the animal kingdom. We will end our year with an end-of- year party and picnic.
Language Arts – We have been working on writing our letters using the Handwriting Without Tears program. The children have grown very comfortable with the methodology and are quick to learn new letters! We have also been writing numbers and can identify many lower case letters. We will keep working on identifying letter sounds; several children are even putting the sounds together to make words! The children are all so attentive during story time and especially enjoy when Tr. Mimi comes to read to the class each week.
Fine Motor Skills - The children continue to improve with their daily cutting exercises, morning writing, and coloring opportunities. We will continue to have activities to strengthen fine motor skills through building, crafts, and puzzles.
Gross Motor Skills – The children really enjoy our “get up and move” activities as well as outdoor recess. They are encouraged to cross the midline of their bodies in many of our exercises. We have also introduced some yoga to help with body control and breathing.
Social/Emotional – We have been growing as communicators in room G. Problem solving and using our words is a huge focal point. We do group activities such as large puzzles and games, and practice listening to others during “Student of the Week”. The children negotiate play during Center Time as they choose where to go. We will do some role playing in small groups to help us with “being a friend”.
Math- The children are very good at creating and repeating patterns and enjoy modeling them in circle with their bodies (e.g. sit, sit, stand around the circle). We are working on recognizing our numbers up to 20. We are also becoming very good mathematicians. Before exercise time, the “exercise helper” rolls two or three large dice and counts the corresponding dots. From this we arrange the correct numbers and symbols into a math equation. The children are learning strategies for doing addition and subtraction problems.
Specials- We will have learned all of the letters by April and most of the children can count to 20 in Spanish! Tr. Francesca uses songs and active teaching to help the students learn things like greetings, weather, and colors. Everyone looks forward to music with Teacher Chris, who always has some seasonal movement and singing planned for us. The children have become very comfortable in weekly Meeting for Worship and are learning strategies for settling themselves.
Student of the Week- The children look forward to the chance to share their family and extended family with their classmates when they get a turn at being Student of the Week. The other children in the class like to ask questions and make statements about what they have learned. We are learning so much about each other!
As the year ends, the children all look ahead to Kindergarten. They have forged some wonderful friendships and have grown so much. We will miss them all!
Tr. Karen, Tr. Patty and Tr. Amy Phone: 610-696-8869 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Goshen Friends School is a place where children feel safe, comfortable and loved and where they are free to learn and grow.