News & Lessons From Ms. Suki's Class
Issue September 8 - October 15, 2021
Class Time: 9:00 – 11:30am
Back to School Night will be via Zoom on Tues. Oct 19th from 6:30 – 7pm
Welcome! The first four weeks of the 2021 – 2022 school year flew by. We can’t believe we are already entering October.
The first week of “phase in” provided a wonderful opportunity for all of us to get to know each other in a small setting. The second week was exciting for all of us to be at school at the same time for the first time. The last two weeks of September, we spent our regular morning time together. What a busy four weeks we’ve had!
For many of our little friends, this is the first time being away from their parents for an extended period. Needless to say, it is a big change in their lives. It is bit scary as well as exciting. Each friend adjusts to this drastic change in many ways. Some children may go through this change with minor challenges while others may require more support and extra adjusting time. We, as teachers, are committed to working with each family so that we can help every friend to have a positive first experience of school life. We thank you in advance for your help, patience and trust in us.
While we are still in an adjustment period, we are excited to report to you that the children are beginning to sit for a hello circle time and are beginning to remember their friend’s names. The children are begging to independently explore the classroom as well as the outdoor playgrounds. Some children are beginning to sit next to each other while they each play with his/her toy. Some children are singing songs and reciting poems with teachers during circle time. We are seeing much less tears and more smiling faces. We are so proud of them!
The theme for the first four weeks was Fall/Apples in addition to Separation. The children explored different toys, worked at the art table decorating paper apples with dot paints and making apple trees using stickers, worked at the easel, played with playdough, had group snack, learned an apple poem, and enjoyed songs such as “A,B,C,D”, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, and “Open Shut Them”.
Going forward, we are going to keep our daily schedule simple and consistent until our friends are fully comfortable with school life. Please see our daily schedule below.
9:00 – 9:25 Bike Yard
9:25 – 10:00 Bathroom, hello circle, snack
10:00 – 10:25 Gym
10:25 – 11:00 Bathroom, Work time
11:00 – 11:30 Back Playground/dismissal
*On Fridays we have music class with Ms. Melissa 9:30 – 9:55am
During the first two weeks of October, our theme will be Fall/leaves and acorns. The children will learn more songs, poems and finger plays related to the theme. Fall theme short stories will be read.
A friendly reminder that school will be closed on Monday, October 11th for Columbus Day!
Suki, Jeanne, and Janet
Theme: Fall/Leaves and acorns
Goals: To be able to listen to a simple short story and to comprehend it with the help of pictures.
I Went Walking by Sue Williams
Muse’s First Fall by Lauren Thomson
Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carl
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
Goals: To explore own art creativity. To explore different medias. To develop basic grasping skills. Leaf decorating and collages
Acorn decorating and collages.
Drawing at the easel with crayon and markers
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
Goals: To increase vocabulary. To verbalize basic needs.
To learn vocabulary related to fall
To learn friends’ names
To learn to vocalize own needs and wants using words
Goals: To be able to identify similarities and differences of colors and shapes. To To explore and understand the similarities and differences of different textures
To match color and shapes
To learn primary colors
To experiment with different textures
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 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)
“Open shut them”
“Twinkle, twinkle little star”
“Leaves are falling, leaves are falling”
“I’m a little acorn on the ground”
“Five little monkeys jumping on the bed”
“The wheels on the bus”
*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-year-old and up. We understand it is a challenging task for young friends, but it is all for the safety of all of us. We’d like to keep our in-school learning as long as possible. Please have some practice at home and we’ll do our best to help our friends at school.