Friday, November 16, 2012

Nov. 19-21

We will have an early dismissal on Wed. Nov. 21 at 11:30.
We will be closed on Nov. 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving.
Have a wonderful holiday!!
**Our class book order in Due Nov. 29**

In Unit 2, children will be talking about friendship, how to be a good friend, and ways to resolve conflicts with friends. Through the Story Time books, children hear about the importance of being who you are, helping friends, enjoying special times together, and getting along. In addition to listening to stories, children will learn to idenify rhyming works and beginning letters and sounds in words, as they build vocabulary and comprehension skills. They will also participate in a variety of music, poetry, math, science, and art activities.

Theme Concepts:
-A friend is someone we like and want to spend time with. Friends like to do things together. They enjoy each other's company.
-We can have more than one good friend, and we might like to do some things with one friend and other things with other friends.
-Friends usually share with and help one another.
-Friends may have arguments and get mad at one another. Usually, friends work out their problems and continue to be friends.
-We can make new friends and also keep old friends.

Books this week
Hooray A Pinata
A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats

Small Groups
-Exploring Money- We will be discussing and exploring money.  The characters in our stories play with a cash register and buy things at various stores.  We will sort coins and role play with a cash register.
-Recording Data- Each group will be given a set of 2 sided coins to flip.  We will flip the set of coins then count the color that each land on.  We will record what happens on our papers.  Then we will dicsuss the concepts of more, less, and equal.
-Ice Cream Friendship Project- Our graduate student friend Kerry is going to be discussing thing that build a friendship(like helping and sharing) and things that melt a friendship (like stomping your foot or shouting). This will continue next week as well
-Making a book about friendships- Each child will pick a picture of themselves playing with a friend from school. Then they will tell a story about the picture and draw an illustration. We will be creating a class book to bring home.
Blocks-Dollhouses and friends
Sensory Table-Sand
Dramatic Play-  Lemonade Shop
Library- A variety of books about friends
Art Table-pumpkin lacing
Easel- Water Colors
Puzzles- Vegetable Puzzles
Manipulatives- Stringing Beads to make friendship bracelets
Writing Center- Creating Handmade Stationary
Song, Word Play and Letters
Poems- Five Juicy Apples, Five Little Owl in an old oak tree
Songs- Thanksgiving Dinner
Literacy Skills- Clap out our names(counting the syllables in our friends names), If your name starts with a __ raise your hand, Chiming in with rhyming words.

-We will be continuing our color books for the Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum. We will focus on proper grasp holding our stubby crayons.

Preschool Life Skills
We are continuing to review our previous skills 1-4.
1-When a teacher calls your name, stop, look and say, "Yes".
2-When a teacher tells you to do something, do it "Right Away".
3-When a teacher tells you to do 2 things, do it "Right Away".
4-When something is too hard, first try then say,"Can you help me please?"
New Skill:
When you something from a teacher or a friend and they are doing something, say, "Excuse me" to get them to look at you.

We have also been learning about how to be "flexible" in our classroom when something does not happen the way we thought it would. We have introduced the children to the newest action hero, "SuperFlex". He has the power to be flexible and is a great problem solver. If you child receives a "SuperFlex Award", they demonstrated great flexibility in a situation at school.

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