Happy fall y’all! Our Halloween parties were a blast with trick-or-treating in costumes, crafts, games, and cookie decorating. Thanks to everyone who helped to make our parties a success! In October, the children had fun digging & hunting for Halloween spiders & bats at our Sensory/Discovery rice table, exploring various insects & snakes our Creepy Crawly Science Center and creating very silly symmetry monsters. What would October be without digging out slimy pumpkin seeds and carving our class jack-o-lanterns. We talked about what makes each of our families special and created our own family portrait houses. We enjoyed visiting Madame Doran’s classroom for our first French lessons. We continue to learn about how to be a good friend through our Empathy & Critical Thinking Lessons from our alien friend Z and with our Buddy Up program. Our Take Z Home backpacks have been going home with students so they can teach Mini Z about all of the fun activities they do with their families at home. Our Frog Street Press songs focused on letters L, R and A, numbers 3 and 4, the color black, and the shape Suzy Square. Our Kindermusik “Home Sweet Home” lessons allowed the children to pretend they were building a house with hammers & saws using music blocks or pretending to dust & wash clothes using movement scarves.
Important Dates / Reminders:
- 11/1 & 11/2 - Field trips to the MIM
- 11/5 @ 9:30 am, D.O. Governing Board Room — FocusedKids mindfulness program presentation by Kathy Hegberg for ECS Preschool Parents
- 11/12 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran’s Day
- 11/21 - 11/23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving break
Letters this month: A, C, E
Numbers this month: 4, 5
Shape of the month: rectangle
Color of the month: brown
** We continue to learn more about the letters, numbers, shapes, and colors while singing along with the Frog Street Press books. Center time activities allow the children to experiment making unique creations, practice writing their names, and use their drawing & cutting skills at our art/writing center.
November Focus & Activities: We will learn about the importance of community helpers with visits from firefighters, police officers, and other types of community members. With the fall season upon us and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we will learn about the seasons and weather changing as well as have discussions about all of the things that we are thankful for everyday.
Science Center: Decomposition of our class pumpkins; continued exploration of insects including bats; fall nature discovery.
Kindermusik Lessons: Let’s Play (home connection handouts sent home)
November books: The Thankful Book, I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves, Stellaluna, Stick & Stone, non-fiction books about community helpers, bats, the fall season, and Thanksgiving, S.H. Empathy & Critical Thinking lessons, Character Counts: Caring
We wish all of our families a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! We are truly grateful for all of our amazing preschool students and families!!
:-) Mrs. Siegel and Mrs. Miller