We sent home “I Am Special” paper bags for early preschoolers and preschoolers to fill with “3 things” that make them special. Each student will have an opportunity to share what’s insider their paper bags during circle time this whole month of September.
In Reading, early preschoolers listened to several read-aloud books including “I Love You All Day Long” by Francesca Rusackas and Priscilla Burris, “Let’s Be Polite” by P.K. Halinan, and “Dear God, It’s Me!” (book and CD) by Sue Buchanan.
In Language, students listened to the “The Letter A Book” by Jane Belk Moncure and learned the sound of A. They created a green “Alligator A Craft” by pasting googly eyes and sharp white teeth on their Alligator A. They pasted stamp-size alligators on an “Alligator Collage” while saying the sound of A which helps develop their fine motor skills and letter recognition. Other fun stuff they did included making “Alligator Handprints,” “Letter A Words on an Apple Tree,” and “Ali the Alligator Puppet.”
In Nursery Rhymes, early preschoolers sang “Wheels on the Bus,” “Head Shoulders,” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” They learned these rhymes: “I Am Special” and “My Head, My Shoulders, My Knees, My Toes.”
I Am Special (to the tune of Fere Jacques)
I am Special (2x);
If you look you will see,
Someone very special, someone very special, it is me.
My Head My Shoulders, My Knees, My Toes (to the tune of Mulberry Bush)
My Head, My Shoulders, My Knees, My Toes (Sing 3x),
Then we stand together.
In Math, early preschoolers learned about the color red and the shape of a circle. They painted a circle red and played a “Shapes Game” that helped them identify different objects that are the shape of a circle (e.g., CD, circle mat, circle lid, etc.)
In Science, students listened to the story “Head to Toe” by Eric Carle. Then they played the “Head to Toe Game” and pointed to the parts of their body during the whole group activity. They listened to “My First Colors Board Book” by DK Publishing and reviewed the color red and the shape of a circle.
In Virtue of the Month, early preschoolers listened to “Be Kind” by the Values and Virtues Series. They learned the words, “please” and “thank you.” These are the magic words in teaching the Virtue of the Month, respect.
Parent Tip: Ask your child: What’s the sound of A? Did you enjoy making Ali the Alligator Puppet? How did you make it? Point to the Letter A (show them a picture of the Uppercase A). Can you find something that has the shape of a circle? Reinforce the Virtue of the Month words “please” and “thank you” at every opportunity. Play the “Shapes Game” and point to objects in your home that are the shape of a circle.