PreKindergarten Newsletter: January 20-24, 2020

January 20-24, 2020

Dear PreKindergarten Families: Our week was shortened by Martin Luther King Day and the early release. We practiced our small motor skills, cutting, coloring and gluing and we created more crystals to observe.

Homework : Please practice spelling your child’s last name and knowing their birthday.

These are the skills we have been practicing this week:

Arts & Crafts Dramatic Play Story/Lesson Blocks & Building
Teacher- led Skills practice: Creating a winter scene using chalk and cutting triangle trees

Exploration: Mittens w/ daubers, snowflake painting,

Ice cream shop

Puppets

Acting out Nursery Rhymes

The Mitten, Bears and Three Little Kittens/flannel board

Children’s clothing flannel

Polar Bears

Comparing different crystals

 

Wooden block play

Widgets

Foam blocks

Marble Run

Arrazzles

 

Language & Literacy Library/Listening Center Math & Manipulatives Music & Movement
Listening to a variety of stories

Letter of the week: L: sound/alpha/writing the upper and lower case, sign language

What’s missing: Letter L

Opposites matching

Beginning letter sounds game

Magnetic letters

Magnadoodle

Writing names

 

 

Winter

Snow

Polar Regions

Polar animals

Ice

 

Listening:  The Mitten

1-10 cubes on grid

Puzzles

Arctic animals number math

Tangrams

Marshmallow game

Match the mittens

Calendar Counting

Snow, snowman, winter songs and fingerplays

Chapel songs

Starting the day songs: Open, Shut them, We put the tubs away, Are you Here?

 

Gross Motor/Outdoor Play Science & Sensory Fine Motor Activities Religious Focus
Outside play

CD dancing

Movement songs

 

 

 

Comparing sugar, salt and borax crystals

Matching shapes by feel

Antarctic region with penguins

Playdoh with trees,

Penguin books

Mystery bag puzzles

Weather/Seasons

Magnets

Cutting, coloring, gluing

Writing names

Straw pieces on chenille stems

Hole punching

Stencils

Sign of the Cross

Circle time and meal time prayers

Our Father

Bible stories/songs

“Seeds” lesson

 

Coming Up: Next week is Catholic Schools week:  Monday: Honor Community, Tuesday: Honor Parents/volunteers, Wednesday: Honor Teachers, Thursday: Honor Students, Friday: Honor Alumni.  On Thursday the 6th graders will be visiting our classroom to read a book to the preschoolers. We will be talking more about the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

Preschool Newsletter: January 20-24, 2020

January 20-24, 2020

Dear Preschool Families: We talked about hibernation this week, which animals do/don’t hibernate. We also heard stories about the snow days. We practiced attention-giving during circle, listening to others and taking turns.

Homework: ABC’s and 123’s, knowing full names and spelling first names.

These are the skills we have been practicing this week:

Arts & Crafts Dramatic Play Story/Lesson Blocks & Building
Teacher-led skills practice:

Color, cutting and gluing hibernation project

 

Exploration: mittens with daubers,

 

Ice Cream Shop

Puppets

 

The Mitten, Bears, Three Little Kittens flannel board stories

Children’s clothing flannel

Part playing in nursery rhymes.

 

 

Winter weather

Snow

Hibernation

Animals that do and don’t hibernate

Wooden block play

Widgets

Foam blocks

Marble run

Arrazzles

 

Language & Literacy Library/Listening Center Math & Manipulatives Music & Movement
Listening to a variety of stories

Alpha songs

Magnet letters

Writing names

Magnadoodle

 

Winter

Snowman

Hibernation/Animals

 

Listening: The Mitten

 

1-10 number cubes with grid

Tangrams

Marshmallow game

Calendar counting

Match the Mitten game

Snow, snowman, winter songs and fingerplays

Chapel songs

Starting the day songs: Open, Shut them, We put the tubs away, Are you Here?

 

Gross Motor/Outdoor Play Science & Sensory Fine Motor Activities Religious Focus
Outside play

CD dancing

Movement songs

 

 

 

Antarctic region with penguins

Playdoh with trees,

Penguin books

Mystery bag puzzles

Weather/Seasons

Magnets

Cutting, coloring, gluing

Writing names

Straw pieces on chenille stems

Hole punching

Stencils

Sign of the Cross

Circle time and meal time prayers

Bible stories/songs

Chapel Time

 

 

 

Coming Up: Next week is Catholic Schools week:  Monday: Honor Community, Tueday: Honor Parents/volunteers, Wednesday: Honor Teachers, Thursday: Honor Students, Friday: Honor Alumni.  On Thursday the 6th graders will be visiting our classroom to read a book to the preschoolers.

NOTE:  Thursday is Pajama Day. Children may wear pajamas, bring slippers/blankets/stuffies.

PreKindergarten Newsletter: January 6-10, 2020

January 6-10, 2020

Dear PreKindergarten Families: This week we worked writing the letter K, and started our learning about the Polar Regions, ice and crystals. The children will be participating in experiments and learning about the weather and animals that survive in extreme cold.

Homework : We will be working on recognizing and spelling last names and birthdays. Please practice this at home also. Spelling in a rhyme or song helps the children remember spelling. (“Old MacDonald” or “Twinkle, Twinkle are recognizable tunes you can add the spelling to.)

These are the skills we have been practicing this week:

Arts & Crafts Dramatic Play Story/Lesson Blocks & Building
Teacher- led Skills practice: creating snowmen by cutting, assembling and gluing

Exploration: snowflakes, mittens, penguins

Sweetie pie shop

The Mitten, Bears, Three Little Kittens flannel board stories

 

Games: What’s missing – K

 

Winter sights/sounds

Polar Regions

Arctic/Antarctic weather

Wooden block play

Widgets

Foam blocks

 

Language & Literacy Library/Listening Center Math & Manipulatives Music & Movement
Listening to a variety of stories

Letter of the week: sound/alpha/writing the upper and lower case

 

Winter

Snow

Polar Regions

Polar animals

Ice

Counting 1-31

Drawing and recognizing

Shapes

Counting 1-31

Marshmallow math]

 

 

Rhythm work using rhythm sticks with Mrs. Beshara

Musical instruments parade

 

Winter/snow songs and fingerplays

Gross Motor/Outdoor Play Science & Sensory Fine Motor Activities Religious Focus
Outside play

Indoor exercise and games: Duck, duck, goose

 

Exploring ice: what makes it melt, how it is formed Cutting shapes

Gluing shapes

Sorting gems

Combining animals

Tracing stencils

 

Sign of the Cross

Circle time and meal time prayers

Our Father

Bible stories/songs

“Seeds” lesson – Jesus grows and Jesus is Baptized

 

 

Coming Up: We will learn about Arctic animals, Polar Bears and we will talk about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Note:  Next Thursday, January 16 is Warm and Fuzzy Day (i.e. pajama day) for those PreK children who come every day. Next Friday, January 17 is an early release day.

Preschool Newsletter: January 6-10, 2020

Dear Preschool Families:. This week we began our hibernation unit by matching animals that hibernate and we looked at snow crystals in a book and talked about winter sights and sounds.

Homework: Reading books, new vocabulary words, counting

These are the skills we have been practicing this week:

Arts & Crafts Dramatic Play Story/Lesson Blocks & Building
Teacher-led skills practice:

Cutting, gluing and crumpling to make a snowman picture

Drawing hibernating animal

Exploration:

Snowmen, mittens, penguins

Sweetie pie shop

The Mitten, Bears, Three Little Kittens flannel board stories

 

 

Winter weather

Snow

Hibernation

Wooden block play

Widgets

Foam blocks

 

Language & Literacy Library/Listening Center Math & Manipulatives Music & Movement
Listening to a variety of stories

Alpha songs

 

Gingerbread

Winter

Polar Animals

Snowman

 

Listening: The Mitten

 

Finding blue and rectangles in the classroom

Matching Alpha letters

Tall, taller, tallest

Puzzles

Sorting gems

Snow, snowman, winter songs and fingerplays

 

Gross Motor/Outdoor Play Science & Sensory Fine Motor Activities Religious Focus
Outside play

 

 

 

Antarctic region with penguins

Playdoh with trees, snowflakes, snowmen cutters

Penguin books

Mystery bag puzzles

Cutting snowmen noses, hats and scarves

Writing names

Beads with grids

 

 

Sign of the Cross

Circle time and meal time prayers

Bible stories/songs

 

 

 

Coming Up: We will be talking more about snow and why animals hibernate.

NOTE:  Thursday is “warm and fuzzy” day (i.e. pajama day). Your child may wear his p.j.’s to school! Also bring a cozy blanket and/or “stuffy” animal. (We will be eating pancakes for snack!)

PreKindergarten Newsletter: December 16-20, 2019

Dear PreKindergarten Families: This week we observed the third week of Advent, finished up all Christmas projects, did our last practicing for our program and performed on Friday.

Homework : Please have a joyous and safe Christmas season and Happy New Year!

These are the skills we have been practicing this week:

Arts & Crafts Dramatic Play Story/Lesson Blocks & Building
Skills practice:

Cutting, arranging and gluing Christmas Trees.

Exploration:

Gingerbread stencils at easel

Coloring pages

 

Sweetie Pie Shop

Nativity sets

Noah’s Ark magnet story

 

Games:

Cookies and Milk game

Christmas cookie number recognition

Cookie counting game

The Christmas story

Program practicing

Performance

Recognizing shapes and numbers

 

Wooden Blocks/community helpers

Train Station

Widgets

Foam floor puzzle

Bristle blocks

Polar Express/arctic animals

 

 

Language & Literacy Library/Listening Center Math & Manipulatives Music & Movement
 

Listening to a variety of stories

Recognizing and writing first names

Tallest to Shortest placement

Dominos game

Magnadoodles w/alpha cards

 

Library with Mrs. Smith

 

Gingerbread and Christmas books

If you Give a Mouse a Cookie series

 

“The Three Bears Christmas” book/tape

Simple machines and Magic School Bus books

Shapes pictures

Patterning

1-10 recognition

Counting out

Sorting Gems

Cubes with Grid 1-10

Pattern blocks

Puzzles -in-a-box

Wooden Nativity puzzle

Gingerbread adding

 

 

Christmas songs

Counting songs

Praise songs and Orchestral music at rest time

Songs for Performance

 

Music with Mrs. Beshara

Gross Motor/Outdoor Play Science & Sensory Fine Motor Activities Religious Focus
Outside play

 

Playdoh w/ trees/stars cookie cutters

Tree exploration/pine trees/pinecones

Wooden Shapes mystery puzzles

 

Puzzles

Writing name

Beads with grid

Arrazzles building

Hole punching]

Gingerbread stackers

Clothes pin pinching

 

Lighting Advent Candle

Sign of the Cross

Circle time and meal time prayers

Our Father

Bible stories/songs

Nativity performance

 

Coming Up In January we will be exploring the Arctic and Antarctic, continuing with letter of the week, spelling and writing our last names.

Preschool Newsletter: December 16-20, 2019

Dear Preschool Families: This week the Preschool class practiced the Alphabet song, recognizing their colors and listening to directions. We also had chapel time, thanking Jesus and thinking of loving ways to show our thanks.

Homework: Have a joyous and safe Christmas season and Happy New Year!

These are the skills we have been practicing this week:

Arts & Crafts Dramatic Play Story/Lesson Blocks & Building
Teacher led skills practice:

Drawing and gluing Rudolph puppet

 

Exploration:

Gingerbread stencils at easel

Coloring pages

 

 

Sweetie Pie Shop

Nativity sets

Noah’s Ark magnet story

 

Games:

Cookies and Milk game

Christmas cookie number recognition

Cookie counting game

Christmas stories

Recognizing shapes and numbers

 

Wooden Blocks/Arctic animals

Polar Express

Foam puzzle blocks

Bristle blocks

Tree blocks

Widgets

Wavy Builders

 

Language & Literacy Library/Listening Center Math & Manipulatives Music & Movement
Listening to a variety of stories

Recognizing and writing first names

Tallest to Shortest placement

Dominos game

Magnadoodles w/alpha cards

 

Gingerbread and Christmas books

If you Give a Mouse a Cookie series

 

“The Three Bears Christmas” book/tape

Simple machines and Magic School Bus books

Shapes pictures

Patterning

1-10 recognition

Counting out

Sorting Gems

Cubes with Grid 1-10

Pattern blocks

Puzzles -in-a-box

Wooden Nativity puzzle

Gingerbread adding

 

 

 

Christmas songs

Counting songs

Praise songs and Orchestral music at rest time

Chapel songs

Gross Motor/Outdoor Play Science & Sensory Fine Motor Activities Religious Focus
Outside play

 

 

Playdoh w/ trees/stars cookie cutters

Tree exploration/pine trees/pinecones

Wooden Shapes mystery puzzles

 

Puzzles

Writing name

Beads with grid

Arrazzles building

Hole punching]

Gingerbread stackers

Clothes pin pinching

 

Nativity

Chapel Time

Sign of the Cross

Circle time and meal time prayers

Bible stories/songs

The meaning of Christmas

 

 

Coming Up: In January we will be talking about snow and animals’ hibernation.