Friday, November 18, 2016

Turkeys!

I'm a little turkey, happy as can be.
My name is Tom, feathers cover me.
Gobble, gobble, gobble, is what I say.
All the way to Thanksgiving Day!

We became TURKEYS this week!  We enjoyed singing this song and finding the correct name for each child that matched the corresponding picture.  We had to look and listen for initial sounds and ending sounds in order to find the correct written name.  The children continue to practice initial and ending sounds in poems and many activities in the classroom.  They have especially loved singing this song over and over again and reading each other's names.



Weekly highlights...

The preschool and kindergarten salad bar opened!  For this first week, we let them choose one food item to try and if they finished that one, they could go try another.  Some new options for the children included cottage cheese and kale salad with blueberries and sweet potato.  We continue to talk about and reinforce healthy foods and the importance of a balanced lunch (grains, fruits, vegetables, protein, etc.) with the preschoolers and encourage them to try new things.  Each week Bob Miles will feature a new healthy food for the preschoolers to try.  The children are enjoying this new addition at lunch!


In anticipation of Grandparents/Special Guest Day next week, we read the book Hooray For Grandparents' Day by Nancy Carlson.  We created are own Hooray for Grandparents' Day book and each child illustrated a page.  They thought about why they love their grandparents/special guest, things they like to do with them and more.  We can't wait to share it next week!

On Wednesday morning, the children were thrilled to meet Tom the Turkey!  Farmer Nelson kindly shared all sorts of great information about turkeys.  A few facts were learned were that turkeys do not have ear lobes, their faces can change from red to white (we got to see this!), they have a snood above their beak and a waddle that hangs below and turkeys can run fast!  Tom was quite vocal and gobbled at us throughout the presentation, which the kids thought was pretty funny!  They also had the opportunity to pet Tom if they wanted to.  Some were more eager than others!  After the presentation, we recorded something we learned about turkeys in our journals.





We made our monthly glyph, which of course were turkeys!  This glyph revolved around turkey facts we learned and led to discussions about our Thanksgiving favorites and traditions.  As usual, we compared and contrasted our glyphs, counted and interpreted the data.  The children are starting to recognize more and more letter sounds, words and clues when we do these projects!


 


 



With Thanksgiving approaching, we continue to read books and share in discussion about being thankful and appreciative.  On Thursday morning, we got together with our third grade buddies and did a fun Thanksgiving turkey project that involved conversation between the third graders and preschoolers about being thankful.  The third graders helped the preschoolers make turkeys with "thankful feathers".  They each had to think of five different things they are thankful for and wrote them on the turkey's feathers.









A few examples of the finished products...



We have almost completed our alphabet building challenge in the project room!  The partners added the finishing touches on their letters and some groups even made a second.  The letters are on display in the hallway and soon we will get busy with our ipads in order to find letters and words we see in the environment to add underneath each corresponding letter!



 




A few examples on the wall....



We ended the week with pajama day and a "code-in"!  The children had an introduction to computer coding with an app that had the them code the movements in which a dinosaur named Daisy would make on the screen.  We have another app the preschoolers will soon be introduced to in the classroom.  It is called Kodable and gives the children more challenging coding opportunities the more you practice, learn and grow.

Pajama Day excitement...


Enjoying the "code-in"...






As if pajama day didn't make today great enough, the first SNOWFLAKES appeared this afternoon!  The children all ran to the window and cheered with delight!  Snow might have been the bigger highlight for them...even more than wearing pajamas to school : ) !


November has been a fabulous month!  We cannot believe that December is around the corner.  The children continue to grow and thrive in the preschool environment and love attending their daily specials.  We also continue to work one-on-one with them, assess and plan according to their needs.  Your mid-year report will be sent home at the start of winter vacation.

Next week is a short week with our Grandparents' Day celebration on Wednesday, November 23rd.  Just another reminder that this is a half day and dismissal will happen at 11:45.  Also, if you have not registered for Grandparents' Day, please do so ASAP!  It is always a special morning and gives the children the opportunity to share their favorite activities and places at Breck.

Dates to Remember:

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

Looking Ahead:

Monday, December 12th- Preschool Hanukkah Celebration

Thursday, December 15th- Lower School Holiday Program at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, December 16th- Preschool Holiday Celebration and Reading of Peef the Christmas Bear by author Tom Hegg

Saturday, December 17th- Monday, January 2nd- Winter Vacation- No School

Tuesday, January 3rd- School Reconvenes

A note from Ms. Zosel:


Winter Wear Wanted!

The Lower School is collecting new and gently used Winter Wear 
for families experiencing homelessness.
 Specifically:
Coats  Jackets  Boots Snowpants

Students may bring donations to their classroom or 
deliver to the "Service Shelf" located near Gym C.
Nov. 29 - Th. Dec. 14 - Thanks!

Have a great weekend!





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