Friday, November 4, 2016

Happy Halloween!


Nothing quite like starting the week off with a Halloween parade and celebration!  The children have been counting down the days on the calendar until this special day and were thrilled when we finally made it.  This is truly such a magical time of year for children and we fully embrace that in preschool.  Here are some pictures from a fun "Halloween filled" morning...

Check out our costumes!


 All ready for the parade...

Enjoying a spooky cupcake treat!

We ended our Halloween morning with a visit to Ms. Gram's tunnel of fun.  What a great day!

More weekly highlights...

On Tuesday, we welcomed our new month of November.  We read our November poem and discussed what changes we will begin to see outside.  The children have already noticed that many of the trees have lost all of their leaves!  As we listened to this poem, we heard many letter "Nn" sounds and the word "no".  The children recognized the word "no" because we see it in our question of the day each morning!  We reviewed our calendar and are looking forward to two big events this month which are Grandparents' Day and Thanksgiving!

November also welcomed some new activities for the children to engage in.  A few favorites are turkey puzzles and counting, beginning sound matching mats with objects, wooden block bridge creations, colorful attribute shape exploring on the light table, search and find nature items in "mystery bags" and some new manipulative options to create and build with.  Some examples...



What a gorgeous week!  You would never know it is the first week in November based off the weather we had.  The children enjoyed a little extra outdoor play time as we soak up every minute of these gorgeous fall days.


Our "sound creation station" is all set up on the playground!  The children have enjoyed having the option to continue their curiosities and exploration with sound and music.  The great thing about it being outside is that they can be as loud as they want!

There is nothing better than children reading and conversing about books together.  The children love to sit in partners or independently and share in the joy of good books.  The current favorite is a book we made titled, Halloween, Halloween, What Do You See?  You might be able to guess who stars in this one!  The children used their knowledge of letter sounds to write their halloween character to match the picture.  They ask to read it over and over again!

Just enjoying books...


For the last month our question of the day has had us look at all of the letters in the alphabet that are in our own names and friends names.  We finally reached letter "Zz" on Wednesday which was very exciting for the kids.  In conclusion of our initial letter search, we read an alphabet book titled A My Name is Alice.  This book had the children think about the sound the first letter in their name makes.  We had a great discussion connecting the initial sound in our own name to friends names and other words.  Each child illustrated a page where they related a word with the initial sound their name begins with.  The text in the sentence matches that of the book, A My Name is Alice.  Here is what they came up with...

A my name is Amina and I like apples.
R my name is Reagan and I like rainbows.
T my name is Teddy and I like trains.
L my name is Lillian and I like lions.
H my name is Harper and I like horses.
E my name is Ella and I like eggs.
Z my name is Zachary and I like zebras.
R my name is Rylan and like rain.
G my name is Greylin and I like grapes.
S my name is Selin and I like spying.
M my name is Maggie and I like music.
J my name is Jackson and I like jello.
S my name is Sam and I like swimming.
J my name is Janae and I like jack-o-lanterns.
J my name is James and I like jellybeans.
C my name is Cole and I like cupcakes.

We ended the week looking at attribute shapes in new ways. We discussed ways to make patterns and designs with them.  To kick off our month of November, we turned our shape creations into turkeys!  First, we spent time creating our designs on the table with attribute blocks.  Some friends wanted to count how many of each shape they used!  Next, we transferred our designs on to paper using attribute block stickers.  This was a great opportunity to review our shapes and look at ways they can fit together to make patterns and new shapes!  We did not finish them all but will next week.  Here are a few examples of friends making their "geometric turkeys"...


Throughout the rest of November, themes of family traditions and Thanksgiving fill the classroom.  We also begin talking and learning more about the continents, as we look at holidays and cultures around the world.  Grandparents' Day is another big highlight and the children have started learning new songs and poems about turkeys and Thanksgiving to share with their grandparents or special guest.  Next week we are also excited to have children's book author and illustrator, Nancy Carlson, come and speak to the preschoolers.  We have been reading and studying her books all fall and can't wait to learn more about what an author and illustrator does!

Dates to Remember:

Thursday, November 10th- Nancy Carlson (Children's book author and illustrator) Visits Preschool
*November 10th will also be a CARE Shirt Day for Lower School

Wednesday, November 16th- Tom the Turkey visits Preschool with Farmer Nelson

Wednesday, November 23rd- Grandparents' Day- Half Day for Students (8:30-12:00)

Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th- Thanksgiving Holiday-No School

Monday, November 28th- Faculty Workshop- No School

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!



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