N E W S  &  L E S S O N S   F R O M   M S.  S U K I ’S  C L A S S
Issue October 18 – October 29, 2021

 

Class Time: 9:00 – 11:30am

Back to School Night will be via Zoom on Tues. Oct 19th from 6:30 – 7pm

 

Dear Families:

The air is getting crisp, and leaves are changing colors. Although we all miss wonderful summer, fall is an exciting season for all of us. The children are inspired by the changing scenery every morning. Looking at falling leaves, collecting acorns, and looking at the fall sky are some exciting learning moments.

As you have already know, Ms. Siobhan has joined the toddler team. Ms. Suki will be staying for a transition period so that the children have a smooth adjustment period.

We are excited to share our observations and report to you that our toddler friends are doing a great job mastering routines at school. The children are arriving at school without tears, they are independently finding their play in the bike yard, they are sitting and waiting for their turns to wash hands in the hallway before entering the classroom, and walking to their orange mats for morning circle, etc. Their ability to adjust to a new environment is forever impressive. Thank you for your support and trust in us.

The theme for the next two weeks will be Fall, Halloween and Pumpkins. The children will be learning pumpkin poems, decorating Halloween related figures, listening to stories, playing with orange color playdough, learning Fall/Halloween songs, and many more.

We have made some adjustments to our daily schedule so that our transitions are easier. Please see our new daily schedule below.

9:00 – 9:25 Bike Yard

9:25 – 10:00 Gym

10:00 – 10:15 Hand Washing, Hello Circle, Snack

10:15 – 11:10 Work Time, Bathroom (occasionally front playground)

11:10 – 11:30 Back Playground/Dismissal

*On Fridays we have music class with Ms. Melissa 9:30 – 9:55am

Please check the weather daily and dress your child in appropriate outwear. We will continue spending as much time as possible outdoor throughout the year.

Warm regards,

Siobhan, Suki, Jeanne, and Janet

Theme: Fall, Halloween and Pumpkins

 

Books:

Goals: To be able to listen to a simple short story and to comprehend it with the help of pictures. To insert a word when the story is familiar

Duck and Goose, Find a pumpkin by Tod Hills

My First Halloween by Tomie de Paola

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carl

Nighty Night, Little Green Monster by Ed Emberley

 

Art:

Goals: To explore own art creativity. To explore different medias. To develop basic grasping skills.

Pumpkin, ghost, spider decorating and collages

Drawing at the easel with crayon and markers

Painting at the easel

 

Grace and courtesy:

Goals: To be aware of basic appropriate behaviors.

To learn to say, ”Help me”, “thank you”, and “sorry”

To wait for your turn to play with a toy

To follow simple directions given by a teacher

To understand basic safety rules

 

Language:

Goals: To increase vocabulary. To verbalize basic needs.

To learn vocabulary related to fall, and Halloween

To learn to address own name and friends’ names

To learn to vocalize own needs and wants using words

 

Math:

N/A

 

Sensorial:

Goals: To be able to identify similarities and differences of colors and shapes. To explore and understand the similarities and differences of different textures. To recognize different sizes

To match color and shapes

To learn primary colors

To experiment with different textures

To understand Small, Medium, Large differences

 

Practical Life:

Goals: To develop basic pincer control and grasping skills. To learn to be independent in self-help skills such as hand washing, feeding and drinking. To learn to transfer objects from bowl-to-bowl using a spoon and large tong

To place small objects into a jar

To hammer pegs and golf tee

To place pegs on a peg board

To work with non-interlocking puzzles with large knobs

To playing with playdough

To play with sensory bin (rice with small toys)

To transfer objects from a bowl to the other bowl

 

Science:

N/A

 

Songs:

“Old MacDonald had a farm”

“Leaves are falling, leaves are falling”

“I’m a little acorn on the ground”

“Gray squirrel, gray squirrel, shake a bushy tail”

“Pumpkin, pumpkin, peek a boo”

“Knock, knock trick a treat”

“The wheels on the bus”

 

Poem:

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate

 

*Please note that all lessons and goals are adjusted to the individual developmental level of each child.

 

*Please note that mask wearing in the indoor space is a mandate now for the children 2-years-old and up. We understand it is a challenging task for young friends, but it is for the safety of all of us. We’d like to keep our in-school learning as long as possible. Please practice at home and we’ll do our best to help our friends at school