Thursday, October 16, 2014

October 20-24 Last week of Family Unit

Book Bag Program Starting next week(A notice will be sent home to explain how it works)
We also will be sending home our next class book: Clapping Syllables in our Names

Children will be exploring and talking about families and the many different ways families relate to and help one another. Through the Story Time books, children will hear about a boy who helps his family take care of his baby sister, a boy who realizes how much he has grown when a new baby arrives, a girl who behaves badly when she want attention, and a lonely stuffed bear who finds a new friend. Besides listening to stories, children will begin to recognize initial sounds in words and identify rhyming words as they build vocabulary and comprehension skills. They will also be participating in a variety of music, poetry, mathematics, science, and art activities during Center Time and in Small Groups.
Theme Concepts:
*Family members have role names: mother, father, sister, and so on.
*Some family members live together; some live in other places but are still family members.
*Grown-ups in a family take care of the children. Younger children need more care. Older children can help take care of younger brothers and sisters.
*Children sometimes get angry at parents and may feel that their parents don't love them as much as their siblings.
*Sometimes grown-ups in a family don't like things that children do and tell them to stop or be quiet.
*Families do things together that are fun.

Books This Week:
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

Small Groups:
Story Sequencing- We read the story The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.  We then created a life sized scarecrow based on the story.  Now in a small group, we will sequence the order of the story to retell it.
Math- We will play a 1:1 correspondence/number identification game.  Using a number cube we will roll it, identify the number then take the correct amount of baby bottles to place on a game board
Science- Flashlight Exploration- In Corduroy, the night watchman used a flashlight to search in the store.  We will find a dark space in the school (the big room with the lights out) and search for letters in the room.
Unit Vocab Books- We will continue with our vocab books.
Alphabet Bingo- We will complete our family unit as we play a large group bingo game.

-Dramatic Play-Toy Store (like in the book Corduroy)
-Sensory Table- Water Fountains. (Containers with holes and funnels provided)
-Art Table- Leaf Rubbings
-Writing-Stuffed Animal drawings
-Blocks- Zoo Animals
-Math/Manipulative- Puzzles and Paint Chips
-Science- Instruments to explore (listening to different sounds)
-Library- Reading to babies

Let's Talk About It
-Practicing new things
-Life Skill discussion
-Role Play of new life skill/practice
-Social Skills- Talking about the "group plan"

Songs, Word Play, and Letters
-Syllables in words (our names, character names, unit words)
-Rhyming Words Song
-Ear Listening Game
-Peter (bingo version)
-If your name starts with ____ raise your hand, jump, clap your hands (following directions game)

-We will be continuing our color books for the Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum. We will focus on proper grasp holding our stubby crayons. We are will be focusing on Mat Man and how we use different lines to build him.

Preschool Life Skills
We are continuing to review our previous skills 1-2.
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".(multi-step directions)
We will talk about our new skill this week:
4-When something is too hard, find a teacher and say "Help me please."

Social Thinking-Reading The group plan book

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