Ocean room Newsletter September 17th – 21st, 2018
Ocean room Newsletter September 17th – 21st, 2018
Hello, Pre-K families!
We have had a busy week in the Ocean room talking all about neighborhoods. We read some great stories, went on a scavenger hunt, practiced the sounds and writing the letter Aa and much more. Next week we will learn about community workers and the letter of the week will be Bb. Please help your child choose something that starts with letter Bb for share.
Thanks and Reminders
*Thank you to Reese Marr’s family for bringing the delicious and nutritious snack! They are providing snack again next week.
*Snack Guidelines: Families are to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for 17 children for the week. Please remember we are a nut-free program.
Monday morning, we kicked off the week with a new welcome song. Ask your child if they can sing any of the words for you! During our morning meeting we talked more about the steps we take when problem solving with friends. First we ask the friend to stop what we don’t like. If the friend does not listen, we walk away or get a teacher. We never use our hands. Throughout the morning everyone took turns with teachers doing their sign-ins and practicing writing on letter Aa pages. During music and movement, we had fun on the carpet singing along to some fun songs like, 10 Green Bottles and Going On a Bear Hunt (which the kids LOVE)! In the afternoon we read a great book called, Say Hello! and finished the afternoon with recess and a book on the carpet called, A Bad Case of the Stripes.
Tuesday we read, Maybe Something Beautiful and then discussed cleaning up after ourselves before moving on to other activities. The class did a great job of providing many examples as to why this is important. During free choice, we finished up interviewing the children about their moms and dads. Some of the answers were SO entertaining, especially when asked how old they think their parents are! During gym time with Teacher Mike, the kids had a blast playing games like: Sharks & Minnows and Toy Story, while the Music and Movement group was introduced to two new carpet games: Bug Under the Rug and Doggy Doggy Where’s Your Bone? Then we listened to, Yellow Submarine (a Pre-K request) as we washed up for lunch. In the afternoon we read, Windows and finished our day playing outside.
Wednesday was a really fun day! Just before heading outside for recess, the students were partnered up for a scavenger hunt around the neighborhood. The kids had to look for things like: a white house, an insect, various animals, different colors in nature and much more. The activity went so well and each pair of kiddos did a wonderful job of working together and completing their task. Later in the day for letter Aa share, Ned brought an alligator, Lucy brought, Alice in Wonderland, Wesley showed off some airplanes and Teddy shared a road atlas! In the afternoon we got to work with scissors and glue, making collages and special creations with variety of scrap materials.
Thursday after morning meeting we read a great story called, The Big Orange Splot which is a story about a neighborhood where all the houses are the same, until one day when a seagull flies above with an orange can of paint and drops a big, orange splot right on top of Mr. Plumbean’s house. This causes Mr. Plumbean to go about making some changes to his house to reflect his true self. At first the neighbors were appalled that he didn’t want his house to look like the rest, but one by one he was able to influence the rest of them to make their own dream homes. Then for the related project, everyone had the chance to create a dream home of their own using a variety of colored paper, scissors and glue. The houses are all so unique! The book also provided a great segue into talking about how we are ALL different from one another. During gym time the kids played, Cookie Monster and Frog Tag, while the other half of the class rocked out to some fun songs on the carpet. The day came to a close with recess and then listening to, Frog & Toad as we said goodbye to friends for the day.
Friday was spent reading stories, playing outside and finishing up projects from earlier in the week. We read, The One Day House, The Little House and The Polar Bear Paddle. After rest time, everyone gathered on the carpet to do calendar and weather, followed by a few rounds of Bug Under the Rug and Doggy, Doggy, Where’s Your Bone? Then before we knew it, it was time to head outside for recess. We ended our day with, Jilly Bean and the One Good Thing as we said goodbye for the weekend.
Gym Time with Teacher Mike
Gym time has begun; going over our rules and expectations and learning new games. Our gym games always have the goal of being inclusive, safe, and fun. Nobody is ever “out” of a game, and I try to keep them all moving as much as possible. I want to have an environment that promotes healthy play and positive sporting behavior from everyone. This week we played Frog Tag, Freeze Tag, Band-aid Tag, Cookie Monster, Mr. Fox, Sharks and Minnows, Obstacle Courses and a few more. It is important the kids bring shoes that will prevent them from sliding on the slick gym floor so that they can get the most out of their time in the gym.
Thanks for a great week, everyone!