Our Astronomy theme was a big hit with the boys. We had our own classroom spaceship with controls, a lift off button, telescopes, and glow-in-the-dark stars. We learned about the different phases of the moon and our planets within the solar system. Our main focus, of course, was on the letter Aa. All students could use reminding to start at the TOP when writing alphabetical letters.
One area I see our students really need assistance with is identifying and naming numbers. Let's really focus our attention on helping our child know their numbers. If they already can find and name 1-10 then start working on 11-20. Every child is unique and learns at their own pace. Praise your child daily for the leaps they are making.
Our kiddos are doing a fantastic job and I can tell you, parents, are spending quality time guiding your child in their learning. Keep it up!
What an enjoyable time we had at our Thanksgiving Feast. Great company, yummy food, and always wonderful kids!
We reviewed our letters, sounds, colors, and shapes to this date through fun festive activities. We practiced sorting and patterning with feathers. We made keepsake placemats for our moms and dads.
Wednesday was taken off of school to spend time with family. I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving.
Let's continue to remind our children to cough and sneeze into elbows to prevent spread of germs.
We started off the week by baking whole wheat banana bread...YUM! Our careful little cooks were thrilled and proud to create their own snack.
During the week we learned how the letter Bb makes a short sound unlike other letters like Oo. We spent special attention on the lowercase b and how it is similar and different from lowercase d. Students used and compared various measuring spoons and cups while practicing their mathematic skills. Students counted and identified numbers from 1-20. All students need practice identifying and ordering numbers.
We ended our week with exciting first times. The first day it snowed this year and our first time meeting the Tooth Fairy. All kids showed their shyness at first but once comfortable all started exploring and asking questions. We used hard boiled tea stained eggs to discuss why it is important to take care of our teeth. We used a model mouth to practice the proper way to brush. What a great group of kids!
It amazes me how our kids' little minds are like sponges. We have been in school now 18 days and many of our students can now recite the pledge of allegiance, months of the year and days of the week.
Our students are practicing identifying, naming, and sounding out letters every day. We do practice capital and lowercase. Though capitals are easier for these little kiddos to write lowercase does hold a huge value as well. 95% of our written language encompasses lowercase letters. In order for students to be able to read they must be able to recognize lowercase letters.
During our mathematics time each child works at their level. Some students are working on recognizing numbers and patterns while others are learning how to count on and addition.
Every child is working hard and trying their best here at school and the results are showing. Please continue to practice at home reciting the money poems, having your preschooler write in a journal, find and name numbers (1 or 2 digit) & letters (or short words) in the world around them. I strongly encourage getting a folder for all letter papers, numbers, poems, etc. that come home. The students then can look through their folders daily to review and recite poems. This gives you a chance to listen to their excitement for learning, what they need help on, and for them to take pride ownership in what they have done. If you would like to look at an example just ask.
We have a special visitor coming next Wednesday!
What a fun energetic week! We focused our time on reviewing what we have learned thus far through our many fun spooky activities.
Today students were introduced to money concepts. Please review the poem papers being sent home and practice identifying, naming, and counting money with your child. Our children are great counters but could use practice writing numbers correctly. Students are becoming more comfortable with their writing abilities. It would be great if each child had a writing journal at home that they could freely draw pictures and show their beginning writing skills. This should be a journal that students have access to at anytime. Make certain to find celebrations in your child's drawings and writing abilities. The more comfortable they feel with writing early on allows them the confidence to move forward in expressing themselves through their writing/drawing abilities. We write at preschool everyday. I keep these papers in their writing journal here at school. If you would like to look at their journal please just ask.