October 2, 2018
September was an extremely busy month for all of us. The children have adjusted well to school, Specials and classroom routines. They are now confident enough to walk themselves into the building and to find the Pre-K classroom. Some children enjoy walking to the classroom alone or with their siblings, while others enjoy walking with their friends. Either way they are very proud of the fact that they can enter the building without an adult! Please praise them for this success and tell them how proud you are of this accomplishment. It is the first of many in the Pre-K world.
Throughout the month we have been working on learning our school friends’ names and independent Self Help Skills such as picking up toys and putting them away before taking out a new toy and cleaning up our snack area. We are also working on sharing and taking turns with toys or when talking to others. This is an ongoing process. The children can all hang up their backpacks and take their snacks, lunches, folders, and library books out and place them in the appropriate spot. These are all very important skills which help them get ready to be independent learners!
We have started to learn about God, starting with how much he loves each of us. The children have learned that we are all SPECIAL and that God wants us to be part of a group. At the moment we are learning how to pray the Sign of the Cross and the Guardian Angel prayer. We pray every morning and thank God for all of our blessings, such as our families, school and friends. We will begin to learn the Hail Mary this month and I will also be introducing the Rosary. We are also working on proper church and prayer etiquette and blessing ourselves upon entering and exiting the chapel. To carry on the theme of belonging to a group, we made a Friendship hand print Wreath.
Apple week was enjoyable. We made a graph about the color of apples and we had a taste test to discover which apple was the favorite. Honeycrisp was the winner. This class really enjoyed tasting the apples and they all tasted every kind. It was a delicious math lesson! We also read stories, sang songs and did art projects using apples. We will make apple sailboats for snack. They are delicious and very easy to make. Just ask your child for the recipe. (Apple wedges for the boats, thin pretzel sticks for the poles, and triangle shaped cheese for the sails) We also learned how a scale works, weighing apples with objects in the classroom while learning new words such as heavy and light. These activities are the beginning of Math skills.
October looks to be a very busy month as well. Please refer to the calendar, as we talk about several religious days that are special to us, as well as activities that will be happening throughout the month. The themes for the month are, Fall Happenings, Fire Safety, Pumpkins, Forest Animals and Pets, as well as Halloween Safety. October 2 is the Feast Day of the Guardian Angel and October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. October 7 is the Feast of Mary of the Rosary. I will introduce the rosary to the children and explain how special Mary is to all of us. We will be attending Mass with the SPXS community Thursday, October 4th. Our 8th grade buddies will walk us over to the church. Dress uniform is to be worn. Thank you.
We will begin learning the letters of the alphabet this month. This will be a weekly activity. Some of the activities will include using name tags to look for the letter in each child’s name, pretending to be detectives listening for clues and naming words that begin with the letter and sound, reciting the Wilson Alphabet, and participating in the Marching Around the Alphabet song. We will look for the given letter in words around the classroom and begin an Alphabet Book. Periodically, I will ask for items that begin with a specific letter to be sent in for Show and Share. All of these activities through repetition will enable the children to begin to understand that letters put together form words and words have meaning. This is one of the many foundations of beginning reading skills.
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held October 18 and 19. Dismissal will be at 11:30 and After Care will be available. Conferences times will be sent home through the communication folder.
Thank you again for all of the donations of supplies that you made to our classroom. You were all very generous. We will be making snacks periodically in which we will need donations of ingredients. Jessica Stanney, our Room Mother, will call you when this need arises, as well as when we are in need of other classroom supplies. Thank you in advance.
We will have a Halloween Celebration and will make several Halloween crafts throughout the month. Details will follow later in the month.
Thank you for the Scholastic Book orders. Due to your generosity I have received many free books for the classroom, as well as, lots of bonus points! Just a reminder, when you order books for your child, we get free books for our classroom!
As you can see, we have a busy schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me or email me. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Now for a few reminders:
- The Pre-K Library day is Thursday. Library books need to be returned each week, on or before Thursday, Library Day. Children will not be able to check out a new book until the borrowed book has been returned. There is a blue crate in the classroom for books that are returned early.
- Tuesdays and Fridays are PE days. All children need to be dressed in their SPXS gym uniform.
- Please send your child to school with a jacket or sweatshirt each day. (please write your child’s name on the label) The playground can be breezy and cold.
- Please send in a change of clothes, labeled with your child’s name, if you have not done so already.
- Something to cuddle with would be a nice touch to help your child relax during rest time. This cuddle toy can be left in school with your child’s mat. Please be sure that your child’s name is on the toy. (Something not too big) A book would also be nice to have at rest time. Thank you.
- Please write your child’s name on the snack bag. Soon the children will be reading their friends’ names and they will be able to match up the bags with the name tags. Thank you.
Have a Happy Fall. God Bless you and your families.