Here's to the days of good will, cold weather, and warm hearts. We hope spring is here soon!
LANGUAGE ARTS Much learning is going on in our preschool class. We have covered the letters Aa to Tt and their corresponding sounds. We love our classroom story books, reading poetry, nature books, and humorous books. Each week we rotate the books to represent the letter and sound of study. We have also enjoyed our snacks as we munch through the alphabet. Our families join in to the learning on Thoughtful Thursday with a corresponding healthy snack. Thoughtful Thursday is also a day where we listen to a book on tape or cd.
FINE MOTOR SKILLS- The children have improved tremendously with their daily cutting exercises, sign-in books, and coloring opportunities. Tuesday they create a letter craft that corresponds to our letters and sounds of study. We have added number writing and color exercises.
GROSS MOTOR SKILLS – We have daily opportunities for indoor exercise or outdoor recess. The children are encouraged to cross the midline of their bodies in many of our exercises.
SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL – We have been growing as communicators in room G. Problem solving and using our words is a huge focal point. We have also created classroom guidelines and are filling a kindness jar. We do group activities such as, large puzzles, or games, together and share our joy. The children negotiate play during Center Time as they choose where to go.
MATH - We has continued our work making single repeating patters and double repeating patterns. We are also becoming very good mathematicians. The children roll a set of large foam dice and count the corresponding dots. From this we arrange the correct numbers and symbols into a math equation. The “Exercise Helper” reads this math equation to their classmates and we do that many exercises. We now do both addition and subtraction problems at this time. We also munch math on Munchy Monday. We create equations with our snacks before we eat the math equation! That is what we call Munchy Math!.
WORLD WEDNESDAY- has been enriched with visiting families who have shared about their experiences with other countries. The children are eager to find countries on the map and globe. We have also explored the concept of how we are the same and how we are different. What reasons are there for differences, such as, climate, food sources, economics? We have been visited by student’s families who have origins in different countries.
SPECIALS - SPANISH, IMAGINATIVE LISTENING WITH SHELLEY NIXON, and READING WITH TEACHER Mimi are all eagerly anticipated specials for the children.
FAMILY OF THE WEEK - Each student gets to share their family and extended family with their classmates. The students fill a special bag with photos, a favorite toy, a favorite book and they make a family book to share. Parents, siblings, and grandparents, as well as friends are welcome to come in during this week and share a favorite hobby, read a story, or talk about the countries they are from. The children in the class get to ask questions and make statements about what they have learned. It is an enriching experience for all.