What Are You Thankful For?

In Language Arts, the early preschoolers learned about the Letter K and worked on Letter K alphabet activities. They created a Kingly Letter K and placed sparkly stars on the king’s crown. It was amusing to watch them put together Katherine the Kangaroo and play with it. Be sure to take a look at the cute Koala Kings in the hallway! Students also worked on Humpty Dumpty’s Kingsmen and on a K dot-a-dot activity.

The VOM character education story was “The Thankful Book” by Todd Parr. With his vibrant colors and kid-friendly message, Todd Par inspires readers to remember all the little things in life to be thankful for. Todd Parr is the author of more than 39 books for children, including the New York Times bestseller “The I Love You Book.

Early Preschoolers listened to the read-aloud “Letter K Book” by Moncure. Students discovered and touched Letter K objects that came out of the Magic Alphabet Bag. When we introduce a letter each week, realistic photo cards are used to help students develop awareness of beginning sounds. The photo cards are also a great way to teach vocabulary words/terms which for last week were kiwi, kitten, kite, key, kettle, ketchup, kazoo, kayak, and kangaroo.

In Math, after listening to the “My Two Book” by Moncure, students placed dots on the Number 2. They learned how to recognize the number 2 and count 2 objects.

In Nursery Rhymes and Songs, students learned “The Alphabet Song,” “The Wheels on the Bus,” and “Here We Go Round’ The Mulberry Bush.”

In Science Discovery, students learned about the sense of taste. They tried a pretzel (salty), pudding (sweet), and pickles (sour). That was a fun sensory experience for them!

In JumpBunch, we had a very good time tossing rubber chickens! It was a good way to work on skills important in many sports, like Bowling or Horseshoes. After the opening huddle and warm-up exercises, each student received a rubber chicken. Students were asked the color of their chicken. After that, they each had a chance to toss their chicken, first under-handed, and then over-handed, into some hula-hoops on the floor. They practiced gross motor skills at the same time, such as crawling, crab walking, or hopping to and from the hula-hoops. What a fun day!

At home:  Please review letters A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K and their sounds. Try to borrow “The Thankful Book” by Todd Parr from the library. Together with your child, talk about things to be thankful for! Ask your child what they taste when he or she is eating. Is it sweet? Salty? Or sour?

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