Preschool Curriculum

Posted by Casey Fitzgerald on 1/6/2016

Preschool Blog

January 4-8 2016

Happy New Year!

It is hard to believe that it is January 2016!  We have been very busy in the preschool classroom.  

This week we focused on winter and winter weather.  

Books:

The children enjoyed hearing stories that they can relate to, such as, The Snowy Day, The Biggest Snowball Fight, The Biggest Best Snowman, Snow Music, and Geraldine's Snow.

Songs/Fingerplays/Poems:

Building A Snowpal, 10 Little Snowmen, Melting Away, Winter Weather

We also practiced our songs for  our winter concert with Ms. K, which will take place next Tuesday 1/12 at 6:00.

Letter of the Week:

We spent some time on Tuesday reviewing the letter K and are learning the letter L this week.  We completed the letter L sort and made lizards.  We read, The Lamb Who Loved To Laugh.  FYI... even though we focus on a letter a week, we talk about all the letters daily!

Games:

"Musical Chairs", "Cold Snowball" (similar to Hot Potato), "Clickety,Clack", "Follow The Leader", Alphabet Bingo

Activities:

Snowman sequence, scarf measuring, Hot vs. Cold sort, wrote and illustrated seasonal stories with our 3rd grade buddies, predicted the fastest way to melt snow and then conducted an experiment to test our predictions.

Art:

 

Sparkly Snowflakes, Coffee filter snowlfakes, Self Portraits, Paint pops, Fingerskating, Icy suncatchers

 

 

 

News/Reminders:

  • Our loft has arrived!

      Loft

 

Thank you to John Nuceder, The United Way (Days of Caring), and Three Oaks Construction for helping us build, paint and install this amazing loft!  It has made our classroom an even more exciting place to spend our days!

 

 

 

  • Winter concert is Tuesday 1/12 in the gym. All children in the four-year old progam are required to attend.  Please meet me in the gym at 5:45.  Your child will sit with his/her class during the concert.  All childen should come to the concert wearing clean, logo fre clothing.  You may pick your child up immediately following the concert from me.  It is very important that you communicate to me that you are taking your child.
  • Yoga will begin Tuesday 1/26

Children will paticipate in a weekly yoga class with Prem Prakash, who is experinced at teaching young children.  He will use appropriate techniques to engage the children in learning different poses and relaxation techniques.  I get to participate as well!  This allows me the opportunity to use what is taught throughout the week during other body breaks.  

Why is Yoga imortant?

Yoga is about exploring and learning in a fun, safe and playful manner.  I am really excited for the children to learn about their bodies (how to move more freely and with greater ease and awareness); how to breath better (and learn how breathig can impact how we feel); how to use their ebnergy more effectively (more relaxed, focused, and motivated); how to quiet their mind by learning to sit still and listen with attention; balance; and taking care of themselves.  

 

  • Basket Fundraiser

Salisbury Community School is beginning to ask for donations for the annual basket fundraiser.  Each class is creating a basket with a different theme to raffle off.  All of the money raised is used for the 5th/6th grade class trips to Camp Keewaydin and Boston.  As a parent of a 5th grader and a 6th grader, I am greatly appreciative of the money raised by the entire school for my children to have these amazing opportunities.  It is our hope that these fundraisers are successful and can help us sustain these trips for years to come.  Before you know it...the preschoolers will be 5th and 6th graders!

The preschool's basket theme this year will be Art Supplies.  I am asking for each family to bring in something new to add to the basket.  Some exmples of items I are hoping for are: 

Paintbrushes, paints, scissors, paper, tape, markers, pencils, crayons, stickers, etc...

Please send in your donation by Thursday 1/28.  All donations are appreciated.

  • Pinch/Rest *Please remind your child to use pinch and rest when using writing and drawing tools.