Newsletter November 13th – November 17th, 2017
Irvington Pre-K Newsletter
Hello, Pre-K families!
We have had a great first week of cooking in Pre-K! Thank you to all of the families that provided healthy fruits and vegetables to make soup and fruit salad. Our unit next week will focus on gratitude and giving thanks for all the wonderful things we have in our lives! Since it will be a short week, we will not be doing letter shares or having a Person of the Week. We will resume both of these the following week.
Thanks and Reminders
*Thank you to Saoirse’s family for providing snack this week. Luke’s family will provide snack next week.
*As the weather is becoming increasingly colder and the rain continues, it is extra important that your child has the appropriate outdoor clothing; heavier coats, gloves, hats, rain boots etc. We will still go outside and play in the rain and cold.
*If you would like to order books from scholastic, please have orders in by Nov 27th.
*Yes we are open Wednesday 11/22 for Pre-k
Person of The Week
Uriah was our Person of the Week. He says that he has red hair and blue eyes. His “favorites” are: Color – Yellow and green, “go ducks”. Number – 4, “because I am 4”. Book – Skippity John Jones. Movie – Lightning McQueen. Animal – Cheetah. Toy – Race Cars. Food – Cheese Pizza. Dessert – Cake. When Uriah grows up he wants to be a dirt bike racer. And if he could have three wishes, they would be: 1.) To own a dirt bike 2.) Have dirt bike clothes 3.) Have motorcycle clothes
Monday we began our day working on Person of the Week pages for Uriah. Then we kicked off our cooking unit talking about our favorite foods to eat at home. During circle time we learned about the importance of safety when cooking and learned our “kitchen rules.” Ask your child what rules they can remember. During free choice, we had a blast making food with play-doh and thoroughly enjoyed playing with the measuring tools in the sensory table. As we prepared ourselves for recess, we sang a great song on the carpet to practice vowels called, “Apples and Bananas.” For letter Hh share, Kellen showed off his new hat, Saoirse brought in her horse toy and Lydia shared her hair clip.
Tuesday morning, we worked on letter Hh pages, went over the sounds it makes and also learned it in sign language. Then we had a visit from the best librarian in the west, Miss Nina. She brought three great stories with her: The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet, Seamus’s Short Story and That’s Not The Monster We Ordered. At the end of her visit, she taught us a perfect song for cooking week, “Fruit Salad!” Then we sang our “thank you” song, she sang her “you’re welcome” song and we said goodbye until next time. After Music and Movement we read, How to Bake a Cake which was a great segway into discussing how to follow a recipe and share about the times that we have helped out in the kitchen. For letter Hh share, Matilda showed everyone a picture of a hippo from her Ranger Rick magazine and Will shared his hippo toy.
Wednesday we read, Eating a Rainbow and talked about the importance of eating lots of colorful fruits and vegetables every day. Then we read, Eating the Alphabet by Lois Elhert and had fun naming the familiar fruits and vegetables while discovering others we have never heard of before. In the afternoon we rocked out to “The Bean Bag Dance” and “Let’s Go Swimming,” followed by a couple choice songs from Moana. Then for snack we made a rainbow fruit salad. Everyone had the chance to peel, cut and then eat the “fruits of their labor!” The kids said it was delicious! Towards the end of our day we held our first compliment circle, going around and each giving a compliment to another student. At the end, we shared how it felt to not only receive a compliment, but give one too. We ended our day playing games with Teacher Mike.
Thursday after a fun morning of free choices we read, Stone Soup and talked about the joy we get from working together to create and share a meal. Then in small groups, students helped cut celery, potatoes and carrots and added them to the crockpot. We practiced math skills cutting things the vegetables in half and cutting 8 pieces. For letter Hh share, Audrey D showed off her mom’s winter hat, Luke shared his happy face emoji pillow and Eliah showed everyone a picture of him at Haystack Rock. After rest time, we enjoyed some Music and Movement with some favorites like, “The Cat Came Back,” “The Bean Bag Boogie” and “The Popcorn Song.” Then we finished our day outside having a dance party with Teacher Mike.
Friday we reviewed our recipe for vegetable soup and began a conversation about where our food comes from. So we read a great book called, How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? The Story of Food. Then to further the discussion, we talked during lunch about where our foods in our lunch boxes came from. After rest time everyone was excited to get Music and Movement underway as Friday’s are when they pick the songs! The first pick of the day was “The Bear Hunt” song, followed by “Thank you” from Moana and then we ended things with “Shake-Shake” and “The Peanut Butter & Jelly” song. For letter Hh share, Carter showed off his horse, Alexander shared a big bird hat, Uriah shared a hot wheels car and Mila tempted us all with her honey stick! We finished the day reading Uriah’s Person Of The Week book filled with beautiful pictures and compliments!
Have a great weekend, everyone!