Wednesday, October 30, 2013

End of our Harvest Unit October 28-November 1

Harvest Unit- Last Week of Unit
 Classroom Happenings
- Our class Soiree- Your child may dress in a costume, fancy shirt, or choose to wear nothing. It is their choice. We are celebrating the end of our harvest unit. We will parade with our harvest lanterns around the high school to make this day special.
-October 31- Please send your child to school with 1 stuffed animal friend so we can have a special reading of our supplemental book, The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything. We will go under a sheet and use a flashlight to read our story.

Books This Week:
Possum's Harvest Moon
The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything

Concept Questions For This Week:
-Manners and rules for a party
-Animal Habitats
-What is a harvest soiree? Why should be celebrate harvest time?

Handwriting Activities
Continuing with our Handwriting Without Tears color books.  We are work in these books to reinforce alligator fingers and how to color specific pictures using controlled fine motor movements.
-Acorn Painting (promoting alligator grip)

Small Groups This Week:
1. Moon Sequencing (To prepare for the Harvest Moon Celebration) We will sequence the phases of the moon and relate it back to our unit book Possum's Harvest Moon
2. Writing Invitations- We will be writing invitations for our stuffed animal friends to come to school on October 31.  We will have a spooky reading of the Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything.  We can bring 1 stuffed animal to join us under a sheet with a flashlight to read our supplemental book.  It should be a lot of fun!
3.Number Recognition and 1:1 Correspondence game- We will roll a number cube, label the number and  write the number on dry erase boards.  Then each child will take the correct number of corn kernels to add to a chicken bingo board. The idea is to "feed" all the hungry chickens on the board.
****Soiree- Pictures of the event and more info will follow

Art Table: tooth brush "flicking" to create white paint specks on a black sky background. Then painting a yellow harvest moon
Block Area:blocks 
Sensory Table: Popcorn kernels
Book Area: books about farms and growing
Easel: painting with primary colors
Writing Table: Party Notes
Dramatic Play: Dress-up for the Soiree (a collection of various costumes)
Puzzles and Manipulatives: farm related puzzles
Science Table: Gerbils from the Science Center(drawing pictures and making observations)
Rug- Tinker Toys
Preschool Life Skills
Every week we will be reinforcing previous skills and introducing new skills. Some weeks we will spend more time with a previous skill before moving to a new skill.
New Life Skill: 
"When I give you an instructions, do them right away." (2-3 step directions)
Previous Life Skills:
"When a teacher calls your name, you stop, look at the speaker, and say "yes".
 "When I give you an instruction, do it right away."

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