Notes for the Week: Please do not hesitate to contact me for any reason. Please call me at 899-3075 ext. 2161 or email me at email@example.com Our last day of school before the holiday break will be Thursday, December 17th. We will not be having a scheduled Holiday Party. This time of year is very active and busy for our preschoolers and in the best interest of our children we will maintain a routine schedule and keep activities low key. We will have a special PTA sponsored snack. We will not be going out to the playground if it is snowing or muddy. There is no need to send your child to school in boots. If we do have a day that we will be going outside I will send home notices for the proper attire. Please remember…. We ask that you keep your child home, if they have had a fever in the last 24 hours, have heavy green or yellowish discharge coming from their nose, or are complaining of a sore throat. It is important not to expose others. We return from Winter Break on Monday, January 4 th! Week of December 7th – 10th & December 14th -17th Nursery Rhymes PM Letter Ss & Letter Jj IB How We Express Ourselves An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic. Central Idea: Creativity inspires expression of ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values. Key Concepts: connection, perspective, reflection Related Concepts: forms of expression (artistry & imagination), personal beliefs, diversity Lines of inquiry: Ways we express ourselves Ways to express our individual traditions Sharing our ideas and beliefs with others Attributes: Communicator: forms of expression, artistry Reflective: journals, sharing ideas and thoughts with others Risk-taker: participating in new forms of expression Attitudes: Appreciation Creativity Enthusiasm Transdisciplinary Skills: Communication: sharing pictures, writing, verbal expression, keyboarding, sign language Monday: Greeting & Planning Time: Introduce Nursery Rhyme Unit We will take a look a few illustrations and see if we can guess the nursery rhyme Work Time: Special Craft Shh….. don’t ask us what we are making! Large Group/Language Activity: Real vs. Make Believe review Beginning letter sound match with our nursery rhyme characters. Tuesday: Greeting & Planning Time: PM: SHOW-N-TELL MAT MAN Read: Hickory Dickory Dock Put numbers in order around the clock Work Time: Special Craft Shh….. Don’t ask us what we are making! Clock Craft Large Group/Language Activity: The Night Before Preschool by: Natash Wing Directionality of print & words representing time concepts ~first, next, then last. Wednesday: Greeting & Planning Time: PM: SHOW-N-TELL Read: Jack and Jill Rewrite Jack and Jill~ Kathy and Donna went up the stairs to fetch… What ideas do you have? Work Time: Special Craft Shh….. Don’t ask us what we are making! Clock Craft Large Group/Language Activity: Language lesson with Ms. Karen Thursday: Greeting & Planning Time: LIBRARY with Ms. Craven Review rhymes from the week. Read: Mary Had a Little Lamb Hide the sheep game ~ where did that sheep run to? You might be getting warmer of colder. Work Time: Special Craft Shh….. Don’t ask us what we are making! AM: coloring sheet & first name writing PM: Coloring and last name writing Large Group/Language Activity: The Night Before Preschool by: Natash Wing Segmenting words into syllables. December 14th -17th Nursery Rhymes Letter Jj Monday: Greeting & Planning Time: Review our Nursery Rhymes from last week Read: London Bridge Work Time: Making bridges with Popsicle sticks and toilet paper rolls. Small group game~ put the nursery rhyme in the correct sequence Large Group/Language Activity: Holiday traditions~ we will introduce several different holidays that are celebrated around the world. Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, Eid and Diwali. Do you know any of these celebrations? Can you tell me how you celebrate? We will read: Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear By: Don and Audrey Wood Tuesday: Greeting & Planning Time: PM: SHOW-N-TELL Read: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star ~where can we see stars? (High in the sky) What time of day can we see stars? (Night) How can stars look like diamonds? (They both sparkle) How many sides does a star have? (Look at a star and together count 10 sides) How many points does a star have? (Count 5) Work Time: Making bridges with Popsicle sticks and toilet paper rolls. Star trace and color Large Group/Language Activity: Little Miss Muffet! We can’t forget this nursery rhyme because we LOVE to act it out! Wednesday: Greeting & Planning Time: PM: SHOW-N-TELL Read: Hey Diddle Diddle ~Comprehension questions (i.e. who did the spoon run away with? Why is the dog laughing? Who jumped over the moon? What instrument is the cat playing?) Work Time: Making bridges with Popsicle sticks and toilet paper rolls. HWT worksheet/workbook PM~ Music program in the gym Large Group/Language Activity: Language lesson with Ms. Karen Thursday: Greeting & Planning Time: Come on up and recite your favorite Nursery Rhyme with our microphone! Work Time: Open craft & small group games Large Group/Language Activity: Welcome Winter! Monday is the first day of winter. Let’s talk about our favorite things to do in winter. How about a classroom snowball fight? No snow outside? Let’s make paper snowballs. This is such a fun activity! Enjoy the winter break! See you in 2016!