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N E W S   &  L E S S O N S  F R O M   M S .  R O C A F U E R T E ’ S  C L A S S

Issue October 5th – 16th, 2020

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Happy Fall! I hope that the official start of autumn finds everyone healthy and well. School certainly looks different for the children. The desks are spaced apart. Masks are being worn in school. Despite the changes to the schooling experience, regardless of how different things might seem, our class is brimming with joy to be back in school. My assistants and I see the joy and excitement in the children’s faces each morning when we open those doors and welcome them to the start of a new day. They are happy and ready to come to school… eager to work (play). Your children are laughing and learning and exploring materials, making connections with classmates and teachers. Our class has been busy learning to follow rules and routines to maintain a peaceful and safe classroom environment. The children are working on a daily basis on the introductory lessons (walking feet, walking on a line, carrying a tray, pushing in a chair, washing hands, etc.) The focus for the next two weeks will be on family and community. We will read storybooks about the basic human needs and how they are satisfied by the family and the community.

Reminder: Back To School Night is on October 7th at 7PM via Zoom, we look forward to seeing you all then.


Our Daily Schedule

9:15 - 9:55 Arrival/ Bike Area/ Circle Time

10:00 - 11:10 Bathroom use/ Snack time/ Work time

11:15 - 12:00 Front Playground Time/ Circle Time/ Dismissal


Our theme is: My Family, My Community

Art: Autumn Trees Collage/ How to tear paper and use glue, “My House” cutting shapes/ how to use scissors, Leaf Rubbings, Self Portraits

Cultural Arts/Geography: Explore the Continent Globes, Puzzle Map of the World, Community Helpers Puzzles, Read: “The Family Book” by Todd Parr

Language: Sandpaper Letters [a] and [c], Object boxes [a] and [c], Object/Picture matching, School Supplies/ 3-Part Cards (develops vocabulary/oral communication), Raking Leaves/ Sequence Story, Go-Togethers, Metal Inset: Circle, Name Tracing


Math: Sandpaper Numerals (learning names of numerals 0-9, practice tracing numerals), Spindle Boxes [0-9], Red and Blue Rods, Short Bead Stair (develops the child’s ability to recognize quantities 1-9), Numerals and Counters [0-9], October Calendar Tracing (1-31)

Practical Life: Dry Pouring 1-1 without handles, Dry Pouring 1-1 with handles (children will work on the ability to pour from one vessel to another without spilling), Spooning activity, Taking off/ putting on a jacket (develops care of self, independence) Folding socks (develops concentration, small muscle control) Screwdriver Board and Clamping Clothespins (develops fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination), Raking Leaves (develops coordination, concentration, care of the environment).


Science: Children will collect leaves, twigs, acorns etc. and practice observation skills. They will match their Nature findings with the color tablets and discuss the colors they see the most during the fall season. Read: “Germs Make Me Sick” by Melvin Berger


Sensorial: Red Rods (arranging the rods from longest to shortest, develops sense of order, independence, coordination and concentration) Color Tablets: Primary, Secondary and Tones (develops visual discrimination, names of colors) Read: “My Five Senses” by Aliki


Remember to look for the monthly calendar with current reminders being sent home!

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