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O c t o b e r  18 - O c t o b e r  29,  2 0 2 1 

 

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We will cut open a pumpkin and have the chance to feel inside, learning the names of the different parts, such as the seeds, strands (pulp) and meat, as we learn about its life cycle. The children love to sing The Five Little Pumpkins song and they enjoy reading the book “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin” by Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas.

 

We are also talking about our feelings. The children love our feeling sticks! They have the opportunity to tell their peers how they are feeling and why. Examples of what they may say include, “Today I am happy because I love coming to school,” or, “Today I am happy because I like to eat lunch.” Whatever their answer is, the children are practicing to express their feelings, wait for their turn and talk in front of the group.

 

Our Spanish and music enrichments have started! Spanish is Mondays from 9:30-9:55 with Ms. Ester and Music is Fridays at 10:00-10:25 with Ms. Melissa.

 

Wednesday, October 20th - Pink Day in honor of women’s health month

 

Friday, October 29th - Halloween! - the children are invited to wear child friendly costumes for the day (no weapons). The costumes should allow for the children to participate in all school activities (inside and outside) and be mindful of toileting/diapering needs. There will be a parade, weather permitting the parade will be outside and the families are welcome to attend, the families attending the parade should wear a mask and social distance themselves from others while watching the parade. School will provide a special snack; families cannot send in goodie bags or treats for the children.

 

Our theme is: Pumpkins and Halloween!

Art: The children love art! We are first learning how to cut and paste! We have both glue sticks and the glue you have to squeeze. Squeezing the glue is a great way to strengthen the hand. Tearing paper is another way to strengthen the hand. You might have seen envelopes of scraps of paper- this was a big work for your little one! As explained previously, art is open-ended and gives your child the opportunity to display their creativity. The children are coloring, making pumpkins by gluing on tissue paper, and using the parts of a pumpkin to make a pumpkin!

 

Cultural Arts/Geography: Children are learning the names of the continents. We are singing the continent song!

 

Language: Children are exploring language through puzzles and matching work. They are figuring out what objects go together and why. Children are beginning to explore different sounds and discriminate between sounds. We sing a song “what is a word that starts with /s/, starts with /s/, starts with /s/?” Then a student will think of a word and say “snake!” “Snake is a word that starts with /s/, starts with /s/, starts with /s/”.

 

Math: Children love math and all can relate to numbers. At a very young age, they all heard “5 minutes until dinner”, or “you can have 3 cookies”, or “we are going to grandma’s house at 1:00”. We are adding a

bead each day to our 100 days of school activity. They love counting! This activity is very repetitive and great for the children. When we get to having 10 beads- we make a ten bar! This is similar to our math materials. Many of the children are currently working on 1-10. When they get to teen and ten numbers, it will already be familiar to them. Remember, we must establish the foundation before building!

 

 

Practical Life: Our Practical Life area is very important for developing motor control, coordination, a sense of independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility. Children are using their motor skills to pour from one container to another or how to use a spoon. Our dressing frames are used to learn how to use snaps, buttons, and zippers for the child’s independence and care for oneself.

 

Science: In addition to learning all about pumpkins, children are exploring the difference between living and non-living. We are also learning the names of different kinds of leaves.

 

Sensorial: In our Sensorial Area, the children are exploring the Pink Tower, Knobbed Cylinders, Brown Stairs, and Red Rods. These are all materials that the students explore by using their visual sense. They all contain ten cubes/cylinder blocks/rectangular prisms that decrease (or increase) in size to teach them how to recognize and discriminate the differences of size. Carrying these cubes or rectangular prisms is aiding in their gross motor skills.