Your Work is Fabulous!

Early preschoolers continue to make good progress! In Language Arts, they learned about the Uppercase F and Lowercase f. They also learned the beginning sound of F. The read aloud was the “Letter F Story” by in which Little F placed objects that started with the F in the box. Language of Instruction (terms/vocabulary words) we used last week were fan, fish, felt, foil, family, fabulous, fun, and fantastic. Next week, students will learn about the Letter G.

For Nursery Rhyme, Song and Poem,  students learned about the rhyme “Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater”; sang the song “Squirrel, Squirrel”; and read the poems “First Rate Family” and My Family.

For arts and crafts, students glued fans and fishes on the Letter F.  To help reinforce the Letter F, preschoolers did a creative “Felt and Foil” alphabet activity. Students pasted small pieces of felt and foil on colorful construction paper. As they worked, Mrs. Etchison praised the students aloud and said, “Your work is fabulous!

In Writing and Fine Motor Development, the students continued to practice writing Letters E and F on white board strips and dry erase markers. Students also practiced writing horizontal and vertical lines. Next week, students will be learning about the Letter G. One of the interesting Core Knowledge activities students did last week was to tear small pieces of construction paper and paste these pieces on a picture of a birthday cake. Not many of the students, however, knew how to tear paper yet. At the next opportunity, teach your child to tear paper at home. This activity is a great way to help him or her develop fine motor skills.

In Mathematics and Orientation in Time a Space, students worked on the Number 4 Book. They practiced writing Numbers 3 and 4 on the easel board. Students also worked on counting and identifying shapes.

In Science Discovery, the lesson was on “How Do Pumpkins Grow?” We read  the 4 Steps in watching a pumpkin grow before it can be picked in “My Big World” magazine. Try to re-read the “My Big World” magazine story to your child at and do the fun activity inside. Ask them questions: “Does a pumpkin grow on a tree or on a pumpkin vine?”, or “Which pumpkin would you pick?” while pointing to the different kinds of pumpkins to choose from.

After learning how pumpkins grow, students worked on a “Pumpkin Cycle Sequencing” activity. Preschoolers were asked to place the correct picture card that shows how pumpkins grow in the correct sequence. On the easel board, students took turns in looking for the Letter P in the Pumpkin Maze. They were then asked to circle all the Letter P’s that they found. These are all amazing, meaningful, and exciting hands-on science activities!

The Virtue of the Month in October is Integrity. Students continued to learn about the importance of family life and talked about the members of their family. Preschoolers did a wonderful “I Love My Family” Virtue of the Month activity by pasting paper dolls of the dad, mom, brother, and sister on card stock paper. After pasting the paper dolls in order, they colored their paper dolls with crayons. The next time you drop off or pick up your child in school, take some time to admire their beautiful “I Love My Family” artwork in the hallway!

At Home: Review Letters A, B, C, D, and E. Ask your child to recite the nursery rhyme “Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater,” and the song “Squirrel, Squirrel.” Read the Scholastic magazine “My Big World” together with your child and talk about pumpkins. Talk about the importance of showing your love for your family everyday. Read and sing the nursery rhymes and poems to your child! See how well your child remembers them.

Squirrel, Squirrel

Squirrel, Squirrel shake your bushy tail. (2 x)
Wrinkle up your little nose.
Put an acorn in your toes.
Squirrel, Squirrel shake your bushy tail. (2 x)

First Rate Family (Sing to the tune of Hokey Pokey)

I love my family.
It is so good to me,
I love my family.
Yes, my family is great.
I feel so safe and happy.
When I’m with my family.
My family is first rate!

My Family

My family is the best that it can be.
I love everyone.
And I know that they love me.
They help me each day.
They love me in every way.
They’re my family.

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